The southwestern city of Chongqing, where former Party chief Bo Xilai was sacked earlier this year for "serious disciplinary violations," saw its leader change once again Tuesday as Sun Zhengcai, former Party chief of Jilin Province, took over the position.
At a meeting attended by Chongqing officials on Tuesday, Zhao Leji, head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, announced that Sun Zhengcai has been appointed secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee.
"The CPC Central Committee made this adjustment after careful consideration based on the needs of Chongqing's leadership construction and the general situation," Zhao said.
Sun, 49, was elected as a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee after the 18th CPC National Congress last week. Born in Shandong Province, he served as Minister of Culture for three years before being transferred to Northeast China in 2009 as secretary of the CPC Jilin Provincial Committee.
Zhang Dejiang, vice premier and former member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, covered Bo's position from March as secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee, after Bo's wife Bogu Kailai was found to have been involved in the murder of British citizen Neil Heywood.
Bo was later expelled from the Party and is now being held by judicial organs under a criminal investigation on bribery and other charges.
According to media reports, Zhang had been trying to differ from Bo's tenure by redirecting Chongqing's economic and social development in a low-profile manner. Bo's red song campaign was also discontinued. Zhang urged Party officials to draw lessons from the Bo scandal, take better care of their spouses, children and staff and ensure they are held to the highest standards.
Zhang, 66, was elected as a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
Global Times - Xinhua