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New mayor for Shanghai as Yang Xiong steps up

Acting Mayor Yang Xiong was elected Shanghai's mayor at the annual session of the city's legislative body yesterday.

Yang, 59, has served as acting mayor since December. He was appointed vice mayor in 2003 and executive vice mayor in 2008.

In the past four years, he has been in charge of the city's development and reform, urban planning, population management, statistics, pricing and social stability.

During the World Expo in 2010, he served as executive deputy director of the Shanghai World Expo Executive Committee to oversee the construction of the Expo site and Expo-related work.

After earning a master's degree in economics in 1985 from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Yang worked as deputy director of the city government's economic research center.

Later, he served as president and chairman of the board of Shanghai Airlines Co Ltd before his appointment as deputy secretary-general of the Shanghai government in February 2001.

Tu Guangshao, Ai Baojun, Shen Xiaoming, Zhao Wen and Jiang Ping were re-elected vice mayors at yesterday's session of the Shanghai People's Congress.

Newly elected vice mayors are Zhou Bo, former deputy secretary general of the city government and director of the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission, Weng Tiehui, another former deputy secretary general, and Shi Guanghui, former Party chief of Fengxian District.

Shi, 43, was born in east China's Anhui Province and became the youngest deputy-provincial level official in China and the first official of his rank born in the 1970s.

The newly elected officials will make their first public appearance at the session's closing ceremony this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Yin Yicui, the city's deputy Party chief, was elected chairman of the Standing Committee of the Shanghai People's Congress.

Wu Zhiming, the former vice chairman of the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the city's political advisory body, was elected its chairman.

Ying Yong was re-elected as president of Shanghai Higher People's Court.

Chen Xu remains chief prosecutor of the Shanghai People's Procuratorate, with his appointment expected to be approved at the National People's Congress to be held in Beijing in March.


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