Delegates hint at Zeng's retirement

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 October, 2007, 12:00am

Several congress delegates have indirectly confirmed Vice-President Zeng Qinghong will step down from the Politburo.

Replying to a reporter's question as to how he felt about Mr Zeng's retirement, delegate Zhan Shengjun , the head of Harbin's Red Cross Hospital, said: 'Because of age, and work requirements ... the flag of the Communist Party must be passed along. The new taking over from the old is out of work requirements, and also a collective wish of delegates.'

Mr Zeng, 68, has been expected to retire because of his age. Other delegates also indirectly confirmed Mr Zeng's departure and praised his contributions to the party.