Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo on Saturday stressed the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) over the legislature and called on fellow lawmakers to elect candidates recommended by the CPC to leading posts of the organs of state power.
Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC), made the remarks at the second plenary meeting of the ongoing NPC session.
"We must conscientiously uphold the leadership of the Party to ensure that the stands of the Party become the will of the state through legally stipulated procedures," said Wu, also a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee.
Meanwhile, however, the top legislator noted that the leadership of the Party must be combined with the mastership of the people and the rule of law.
The system of People's Congress is the fundamental political system of the country. China's political system is neither a system of checks and balances among three branches nor a bicameral system, he added.
The NPC exercises state power in a unified way, and the administrative, judicial and procuratorial organs of the state are all created by the NPC, are responsible to it and are overseen by it.
Although the various state organs have different responsibilities, their goals are all exactly the same. They all carry out their work in a coordinated manner under the leadership of the CPC, the top legislator said.
According to agenda, the NPC session will elect the country's president and vice president and decide on the premier, vice premiers, state councilors and ministers of the government.
The session will elect the chairman of the Central Military Commission, and heads of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.
The agenda also includes the NPC deputies' examination of the government work report, report on national economic and social development, report on the central and local budgets, and reports of the NPC Standing Committee, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, as well as a State Council plan on institutional reform.
(Xinhua News Agency March 8, 2008)