Li Keqiang

Li Keqiang, born in 1955, became China's premier in March 2013. Like ex-president Hu Jintao, his power base lies with the Communist Youth League, where he was a member of the secretariat of the league’s central committee in the 1980s and later in the 1990s the secretariat’s first secretary. His regional governance experience includes a period as vice party boss, governor and party boss of Henan province between 1998 and 2003 and party boss of Liaoning province beginning in 2004. He became vice premier in 2008. Li graduated from Peking University with a degree in economics. 

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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 March, 2013, 12:00am
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Cabinet named as CY touches down

New Premier Li Keqiang unveils his new cabinet team as the National People's Congress plenary approaches its conclusion. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying touches down in Beijing for meetings with new ministers and senior officials. The national legislature's session comes to an end tomorrow, after which Li will meet the press for the first time since taking office.

 

Zimbabwe votes on new constitution

Zimbabweans vote on a new constitution approved by parliament that seeks to curb sweeping presidential powers while strengthening state institutions such as the cabinet and parliament. The referendum will pave the way for parliamentary and presidential elections in July. The constitution looks poised to be easily adopted, laying the groundwork for watershed polls to end an often acrimonious power-sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and his nemesis Morgan Tsvangirai.

 

Practice run for cruise terminal

The ocean liner Celebrity Millennium berths at the new Kai Tak cruise terminal in a trial run ahead of the terminal's official opening in June. The 2,100-passenger cruise ship, which set out from Singapore and whose stopovers included Halong Bay, Vietnam, will be berthed in Hong Kong until Monday. The new cruise terminal is being built at a cost of more than HK$8 billion.

 

Pope prepares for first Vatican mass

Pope Francis enjoys his first weekend in office in Rome. The Argentinian pontiff meets the media in Rome today before saying his first Angelus mass in St Peter's Square tomorrow. Former cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had begun his reign by demanding to be treated as an ordinary pilgrim, in a sign that simplicity of faith may lie at the heart of his papacy.

 

Ip Man film kicks off festival

The 37th annual Hong Kong International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow with the world premiere of the locally produced film Ip Man: The Final Fight. The film focuses on Ip's struggle to start a martial arts school in Hong Kong after the second world war. It follows director Herman Yau Lai-to's wildly popular 2010 film The Legend Is Born: Ip Man.

 

Rugby players hit the beach

More than 800 players take part in the Prudential Hong Kong Beach 5s at Repulse Bay today and tomorrow, making it one of the region's biggest beach rugby tournaments. The third edition of the two-day event, the weekend before the Hong Kong Sevens, will feature 16 men's and eight women's rugby teams, 32 netball teams and a newly added 32-team dodge-ball tournament in a move to create a beach festival of sport.

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