Li Qiang, one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s most trusted allies, was appointed Prime Minister on Saturday.
This has strengthened Xi’s influence on the top leadership of the country.
Former Shanghai Party chief Li was named as the successor to outgoing Premier Li Keqiang at a meeting of the country’s parliament last spring, reports AFP.
A day after Xi was elected President for a third term, 63-year-old Li Qiang was appointed Prime Minister with almost all the votes of more than 2,900 delegates to the National People’s Congress.
Xi’s proposal to nominate Li Qiang as Prime Minister was read to the chamber on Saturday morning.