Chongqing Party chief changed

Updated: 2012-03-16 11:21

(China Daily)

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Zhang Dejiang has been appointed Party chief of Chongqing, replacing Bo Xilai, according to a decision of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee announced on Thursday.

Bo will no longer serve as secretary, standing committee member or member of the CPC Chongqing municipal committee.

The decision was announced by Li Yuanchao, head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, at a meeting of officials in Chongqing on Thursday, according to a report on

Chongqing Party chief changed

Li said the CPC Central Committee made the decision after discreet consideration and based on current circumstances and the overall situation.

Zhang delivered a speech at the meeting of Chongqing officials, according to

Zhang, born in November 1946, is a native of Tai'an, Liaoning province. He became a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in 2002 and began serving as vice-premier of the State Council, from 2008.

Zhang had previously served as Party chief in Jilin, Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces, respectively, between 1995 and 2007.

The Central Committee of the CPC has decided to remove Wang Lijun from the position of deputy mayor of Chongqing, a senior official with the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee confirmed on Thursday.

Wang's removal is being handled according to procedures, the official told

He Ting, deputy governor and police chief of Qinghai province, has been nominated to replace Wang as deputy mayor of Chongqing.

Fifty-year-old He previously served as director of the criminal investigation department under the Ministry of Public Security, and assistant governor and police chief in Gansu and Qinghai provinces, respectively, according to

He has served as Qinghai deputy governor and head of the province's public security department since March 2009.