A good week for ...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 April, 2012, 12:00am


Youssou Ndour

The music icon was appointed Senegal's tourism and culture minister after he declared his support for Macky Sall, the opposition leader who won the country's presidential election last month. A Grammy award winner and one of Africa's most recognised artists, Ndour sent shock waves through the music industry in January, saying he was giving up performing to run for president against Abdoulaye Wade, who was defeated by Sall. Ndour backed Sall after his own candidacy for president was rejected by Senegal's constitutional council.

Yu Zhengsheng

The head of the Communist Party in Shanghai has a greater chance of promotion in autumn's leadership shake-up after official media hailed his city's development. The lavish praise in the official People's Daily came at a sensitive time after the dismissal of Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai , a former contender for membership of the Politburo. Bo's removal has been seen as a major setback for conservative leftists, whose comeback in recent years was viewed as a threat to Beijing's reform and opening up. Yu was praised primarily for sticking to the policies of the top leadership.

Gary Locke

The United States' ambassador to China won the admiration of many mainlanders for shunning a five-star hotel during the Boao Forum on Hainan island. Many internet users credited Locke for his frugal behaviour compared with many mainland officials' wasteful lifestyles. Others said he was putting on a show after famously flying economy class, trying to buy a coffee at Starbucks with a coupon and being photographed carrying his own luggage.