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Sunday, March 18, 2018, 17:53
Li Keqiang endorsed as Chinese premier
By Xinhua
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 17:53 By Xinhua

BEIJING – Li Keqiang was endorsed as Chinese premier Sunday at the ongoing first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), the country's national legislature. 

Nearly 3,000 NPC deputies voted to approve the premiership nomination of Li by newly elected Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Li was officially appointed premier after President Xi signed a presidential decree. 

He later took an oath of allegiance to the country's fundamental law. 

At Sunday's plenary meeting, the deputies also voted to decide on vice chairpersons and members of the Central Military Commission of the PRC, and elect director of the national supervisory commission, president of the Supreme People's Court, procurator-general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, and members of the 13th NPC Standing Committee. 

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Xu Qiliang and Zhang Youxia were endorsed as vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People's Republic of China.

Nearly 3,000 NPC deputies voted to approve the nomination by Xi Jinping, chairman of the CMC.

Wei Fenghe, Li Zuocheng, Miao Hua and Zhang Shengmin were endorsed as the CMC members after Xi's nomination was approved by the national lawmakers. 

The new CMC vice chairmen and members pledged allegiance to the country's Constitution upon assuming office on Sunday. 

Xu, born in March 1950, is currently a member of the Political Bureau of the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Vice Chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission. He holds the rank of general in the People's Liberation Army Air Force. 

Zhang, born in July 1950, is currently a member of the Political Bureau of the 19th CPC Central Committee and Vice Chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission. He holds the rank of general.

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Meanwhile, Yang Zhenwu was elected secretary general of the 13th NPC Standing Committee.

Yang Xiaodu was elected director of the national supervisory commission Sunday morning at the ongoing first session of the 13th National People's Congress. 

Yang, born in 1953, is currently a member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and deputy secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI). 

A deputy to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) casts his vote and ballot papers at the sixth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th NPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 18, 2018. (LIU WEIBING / XINHUA)

He is the first director of the national supervisory commission, the national agency of a new anti-graft and supervisory network that was endorsed by the constitutional amendment about a week ago. 

The revised Constitution, adopted by the 13th NPC on March 11, first listed supervisory commissions as a new type of state organ. As the supreme supervisory organ, it oversees local commissions, which have a similar setup. 

Yang's taking office marks a vital step for the country's sweeping reform of supervisory system. A pilot reform program began in Beijing, Shanxi and Zhejiang in December 2016 and expanded nationwide in November 2017. 

Sharing offices and staff with Party disciplinary inspectors, the newly founded supervisory commissions incorporate existing supervisory, corruption prevention and control agencies within governments and procuratorates. 

Shen Yueyue presides over the sixth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 18, 2018. (JU PENG / XINHUA)

Yang had headed the Ministry of Supervision and the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention until an institutional restructuring plan of the State Council, adopted Saturday, decided to merge the two agencies into the national supervisory commission.  

Zhou Qiang was elected president of the Supreme People's Court during the NPC session. 

He later took an oath of allegiance to China's Constitution.

Born in April 1960, Zhou is currently a member of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee. He was first elected president of the SPC in 2013.

Zhang Jun, meantime, was elected procurator-general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate. He took an oath of allegiance to the country's Constitution upon assuming office.

Zhang, born in October 1956, is a member of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee. He was appointed Minister of Justice in February 2017.

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