As expected, the National People's Congress in March voted in Wen Jiabao as China's new premier and Hu Jintao as president. The 60-year old Wen succeeded Zhu Rongji, who has retired after spending five years running the day-to-day tasks of government. Hu Jintao, also 60 years old and selected as general secretary of the Communist Party last November, replaced Jiang Zemin as president. Jiang was re-elected as chairman of the Central Military Commission.
Earlier in the session of the legislature, Wu Bangguo, a former deputy premier of the State Council, was elected to be the new chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC. Jia Qinglin, former Beijing party chief and a protï¿½g?of Jiang Zemin, was elected chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Other Jiang allies who have been promoted include Hua Jianmin, elected secretary of the State Council, and new vice-president Zeng Qinghong.