Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

China names Li Keqlang premier

Newly named Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, shakes hands with former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (AP)

China is formally installing the Communist Party's second-ranked leader Li Keqiang as premier, as a once-a-decade leadership transition nears its well-ordered conclusion.

The largely powerless legislature overwhelmingly selected Mr Li a day after politicians appointed party chief Xi Jinping to the ceremonial state presidency.

The appointments were foreordained after Mr Xi and Mr Li ascended to the leadership's top spots at a party congress in November.

Since then, they have signalled that they intend to combat widespread official corruption, try to lessen a wide income gap and repair the severely polluted environment - issues that are driving public discontent.

The legislature's annual session and the political transition reach their end this weekend with the appointment of cabinet officials to manage the economy, foreign affairs and an increasingly fractious society.

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