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Li Qiang: China chooses a supporter of Xi Jinping as premier

The person President Xi Jinping nominated to be the next premier of China has been formally elected by parliament.

Former Shanghai Communist Party chief Li Qiang will now serve as the country’s leader in place of Li Keqiang, who is retiring.

At the National People’s Congress, the 63-year-old earned nearly all of the votes from the 2,900 delegates present.

He is regarded as a pragmatist and will be tasked with reviving China’s faltering economy. He is a close ally of Mr. Xi.

On Sunday, new cabinet appointments are anticipated to be made.