By Bridget O’Donnell
Only 20 minutes late.
The names of the new Politburo Standing Committee — which, to confirm rumors, will indeed drop from 9 members to 7 — have finally been released. The list includes (drumroll, please): Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli. After the announcement was made over 20 minutes late, Xi’s first words to the media were “Sorry to have kept you waiting.”
Xi will indeed succeed Hu Jintao as CPC General Secretary and Central Military Commission Chairman. Meanwhile, Li will take over Wen Jiabao‘s role as State Council Secretary. If all goes according to plan, the two will go on to become president and premier in March, respectively.
A notable reform: Li’s official ranking has been moved from #3 to #2. In the past, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Chair was the #2 position overall, with the Premier and State Council having de facto rule over the NPC.
The complete PBSC list:
#1 Xi Jinping
Position: CPC General Secretary, CMC Chairman
#2 Li Keqiang
Position: State Council Secretary
#3 Zhang Dejiang
Position: NPC Secretary
#4 Yu Zhengsheng
Position: Unclear (most likely CPPCC Chairman)
#5 Liu Yunshan
Position: Unclear (most likely Secretariat Secretary)
#6 Zhang Gaoli
Position: Unclear (most likely First Vice Premier)
#7 Wang Qishan
Position: Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Secretary
As we reported yesterday, Hu will indeed step down down as military chief, breaking a trend from more recent leadership transitions. Both Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin continued to hold on to the spot long after stepping down from their top leadership roles.
Notable omissions from the Standing Committee list: Li Yuanchao and Wang Yang.
Meanwhile, the 205 new members of the Central Commitee were announced early yesterday evening. CCTV went through the trouble of naming each and every one in order of the number of strokes in their surnames, which Guardian correspondent Tania Branigan tweeted was “oddly hynoptic.”
Find a full list of those 205 here and a list of the 130 new members of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (AKA China’s Corruption Fighting team) here.
Despite all that hoopla we’ve been hearing lately about the lack of women in the previous Politburo and Central Committee, the new group actually features less female committee members than before (10 out of 205, down from 13 out of 204). Looks like many of them were stuck on the list of alternates (which can be found here).
Image via Xinhua.