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UPDATED: March 10, 2008 From china.org.cn
CPPCC Discusses Recommended Candidates List of New Leadership
China's top political advisory body on Sunday discussed and adopted in principle the draft namelist the Central Committee of the CPC has recommended for the organization's new leadership

China's top political advisory body on Sunday discussed and adopted in principle the draft namelist the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has recommended for the organization's new leadership.

The list included nominees of the chairperson, vice chairpersons and secretary-general of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), as well as members of the top political advisory body's Standing Committee.

The discussion was held at the second meeting of the presidium of the First Session of the 11th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People Sunday afternoon. The draft methods of the election were also adopted in principle.

Also deliberated at the meeting were a draft resolution on the work report of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee and a draft political resolution.

It was decided at the meeting that all the drafts would be submitted to CPPCC members for discussion and consultation.

Du Qinglin, head of the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee, made an explanation of the candidates list.

Du said that to elect those who are supported by the people and can fully perform their duties into the new leadership is an important task of the CPPCC National Committee session.

Paying great attention to the personnel arrangement of the CPPCC, the CPC Central Committee called meetings of its Political Bureau Standing Committee and the Political Bureau to discuss the matter soon after the 17th CPC National Congress closed last October.

The CPPCC is a patriotic united front organization of the Chinese people, serving as a key mechanism for multi-party cooperation and political consultation under the leadership of the CPC, and a major manifestation of socialist democracy.

The CPPCC consists of representatives of the CPC and non-Communist parties, personages without party affiliation, and representatives of people's organizations, ethnic minorities and various social strata.

It also has the representation of compatriots of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, returned overseas Chinese, and specially invited people.

Du said it is the expectation of the CPC Central Committee that the new CPPCC leadership could fully perform its duty and work for the fulfillment of the strategic tasks set forth at the 17th CPC National Congress.

To accelerate the replacement of the old by the young in the CPPCC leadership, the CPC Central Committee proposed that some old people should retire and some comparatively young people should be put in, said Du.

According to Du, the persons who are to enter the new CPPCC leadership should meet the requirements on competence and qualifications. In addition, the leadership structure should also be taken into consideration.

The nominees should consist of leading cadres of all sides, representatives of specific fields, women and ethnic minorities, said Du without elaboration.

In general, the nominees should be born after the 1940s, but non-Communist candidates can be older, he added.

For the CPC members recommended as candidates of vice chairpersons of the CPPCC National Committee, the CPC Central Committee has organized democratic recommendation among a number of people. For those who are not CPC members, the CPC Central Committee solicited the opinions of leaders of all the eight non-Communist parties and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC).

On Feb. 27, the CPC Central Committee called a meeting for democratic consultation with the non-Communist parties, the ACFIC and personnel without party affiliation over the namelist. The list was adopted at the second plenary meeting of 17th CPC Central Committee later.

"The recommendation and nomination have been carried strictly according to the CPPCC constitution and the procedures of the CPC Central Committee for personnel work," said Du.

A consensus has been reached between the CPC and the non-Communist parties, the ACFIC and personnel of non-party affiliation on the candidates' list, he said.

(Xinhua News Agency March 10, 2008)

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