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Han Zheng, who in 2003 became the youngest Mayor of Shanghai for five decades at age 48, has been promoted to the position of Shanghai Party Secretary.
Han succeeds Yu Zhengsheng, who was elevated to the Politburo Standing Committee during the recent 18th Party Congress. Han previously served as Shanghai boss temporarily in 2006, after then Committee Secretary Chen Liangyu was dismissed following his “unconscionable” involvement in a massive pension scandal, but was replaced by Xi Jinping in 2007 who was himself soon replaced by Yu Zhengsheng that same year.
Han is a well-connected member of the so-called Shanghai clique, a group of politicians who rose to prominence whilst Jiang Zemin was Shanghai Party Chief.
For the time being Han, 58, will retain his position as Mayor of Shanghai.