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China People's Congress

China alters vice premier selection, paving way for Xi loyalists

With Premier Li set to leave in 2023, race on to appoint a successor

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's second and final consecutive term is set to end in March 2023.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- With time running out to stack a pool of candidates that are loyal to President Xi Jinping, China's parliament is set to alter a political selection process that will have deep ramifications on the country's second-most powerful position once held by the legendary Zhou Enlai.

The National People's Congress is expected to pass Thursday legislation that will allow a more flexible process for naming or dismissing vice premiers, a pool of talent from which the premier is usually picked.

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