China Leadership Transition Formally Edges Ahead

By: AP
By: AP

BEIJING (AP) -- China's leadership transition is officially edging ahead, with the executive body of the Communist Party Congress forwarding a list of names to congress delegates for review.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday that the congress's presidium, 41 current and former members of the leadership, approved a candidate list for the Central Committee and sent it to the delegates. The delegates will cast votes before the congress closes Wednesday to choose the Central Committee, a roughly 350-member body.

The Central Committee in turn will select the top leadership.

The move is largely a formality, as is the congress itself. Deciding the lineup of leading bodies falls to a small group of powerbrokers. Candidates outnumber seats by only a small margin, giving the 2,268 congress delegates little choice.

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