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China to reveal new leaders on Thursday: Communist Party

Published on Nov 12, 2012 7:36 PM
A paramilitary police officer stands guard in front of a giant portrait of the late chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Gate, Nov 12, 2012. China's Communist Party will on Thursday unveil the new slate of leaders who are set to take over the reins of the country, the party said on Monday. --PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China's Communist Party will on Thursday unveil the new set of top leaders who will run the country for the next decade, one day after its week-long congress ends, officials said on Monday.

The widely expected timing was confirmed by staff organising press coverage of the congress under way in Beijing, which is held every five years.

President Hu Jintao, who has been in power for 10 years, is widely expected to hand over the reins of the ruling party to his vice-president Xi Jinping.

The leadership, decided in back-room horse-trading between party factions, is revealed to the nation when members of the Politburo Standing Committee march out in a line before the cameras at Beijing's Great Hall of the People.

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