Guo Shengkun may be named public security minister in March

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 December, 2012, 7:05am

Former Guangxi Communist Party secretary Guo Shengkun chaired a security teleconference on Monday as party chief of the Ministry of Public Security, China News Service reported yesterday, providing further evidence that he was set to be named public security minister in March.

Similarly, Yang Xiong , Shanghai's new deputy party secretary, was named acting mayor of the city yesterday at a session of the municipal people's congress standing committee, Jiefang Daily reported on its microblog. Han Zheng , Shanghai's new party chief, formally resigned as mayor.

Yang, 59, was one of Shanghai's deputy mayors for the past decade and before that served as deputy secretary-general of the municipal government.

China News Service's report was the first time mainland media had mentioned Guo's new job, following his replacement in Guangxi by Peng Qinghua , former head of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong. Peng was appointed Guangxi party boss on December 19.

The party's three most powerful departments have been given new heads following its national congress last month. Former Shaanxi party chief Zhao Leji was appointed head of the party's Organisation Department on November 19 and former Sichuan party chief Liu Qibao was named head of its Publicity Department on November 21. Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu also replaced former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang as head of the party's Political and Legal Affairs Commission last month.

Guo is set to succeed Meng, a member of the 25-member Politburo, as public security minister.

He was identified as party chief of the Ministry of Public Security in a report on China News Service's website about a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving and drug driving.

The report did not say when he took up the post.