By Jiawei Liu
Wang Cheng, a Hangzhou-based lawyer and social activist, recently sent a letter to China’s highest court claiming the election of Zhang Dejiang during the 2013 National People’s Congress is illegal and invalid.
Zhang Dejiang recently become the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. “But when Zhang was elected as the chairman of the NPC Standing Committee on March 14, he was still serving [as] China’s vice-premier,” said Wang, according to the South China Morning Post.
According to the constitution of the People’s Republic of China, no one on the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress is permitted to hold office in any of the administrative, judicial or procuratorial organs of the states.
Wang also accused the election results of other five vice-chairmen of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of being illegal and invalid. They are: former president of the Supreme People’s Court Wang Shengjun; former head of National Development and Reform Commission Zhang Ping; former health minister Chen Zhu; former vice-president of the Supreme People’s Court Wan Exiang; and former director of the State Council Information Office Wang Chen.
According to Wang, the Supreme Court had signed the material of this lawsuit he sent. Chinese law stipulates that the court will have to make a decision in seven days about whether this lawsuit would be considered or not.
After Wang decided to file this lawsuit, he posted one tweet on Tencent Weibo. This tweet has since been deleted and Wang’s name is currently blogged on Sina Weibo.