Chinese Communist Party elects new Central Committee

Beijing, Oct 22 (EFE).- China’s Communist Party completed Saturday the election of its new Central Committee, the group of about 200 members (plus about 170 alternates) that leads the ruling party.

The election was held at the closing ceremony of the 20th party congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, with heavy restrictions on journalists due to draconian measures against Covid-19.

The members of the Central Committee, whose names have not yet been disclosed, will hold their first meeting in the next few hours, in which they will select a Politburo (made up of about 25 people) from among its members, from which the Permanent Committee will emerge (about seven members.)

The new Standing Committee, which will presumably be headed by Chinese Secretary General and President Xi Jinping, will be unveiled Sunday, at another side event.

The expectation revolves around who will accompany the president during the next five years and if any potential figure will appear in the new leadership.

Delegates also elected on Monday a new Central Commission for Inspection and Discipline, the party’s anti-corruption body that in the past five years investigated 5 million of the 96 million members of the formation for malpractice. EFE


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