19th Party Congress: China's anti-graft czar Wang Qishan to retire, likely to be succeeded by Zhao Leji

China's anti-corruption czar Wang Qishan (left) will be retiring from the Politburo Standing Committee. He is likely to be succeeded by Zhao Leji (left).
China's anti-corruption czar Wang Qishan (left) will be retiring from the Politburo Standing Committee. He is likely to be succeeded by Zhao Leji (left).PHOTOS: EPA, REUTERS

BEIJING - China's anti-corruption czar Wang Qishan is confirmed to be retiring from the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), the country's top decision-making body, and is likely to be succeeded by Mr Zhao Leji.

Wang, 69, a key ally of President Xi Jinping, is head of the Central Committee for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

Besides Mr Wang, four other existing PSC members - Mr Liu Yunshan, Mr Zhang Gaoli, Mr Yu Zhengsheng and Mr Zhang Dejiang - will also retire.  

All their names were not on the list of the Communist Party's new Central Committee announced on Tuesday (Oct 24) at the 19th Communist Party Congress (CPC). 

Some 2,300 delegates elected 350 full and alternate members to the Central Committee. Politburo and PSC members will be selected from among the Central Committee members. The delegates also elected members to the CCDI

 

The new PSC will be unveiled on Wednesday morning,  culminating a twice-a-decade leadership reshuffle.

Vice-President Li Yuanchao, who is 66 and has not reached the unwritten retirement age of 68, is also absent from the Central Committee list, indicating that he will be stepping down from the Politburo. 

Besides the election of Central Committee and CCDI members, the delegates also adopted the political ideology of Mr Xi into the charter of the Communist Party on Tuesday.