Wang Yang

Hailing from one of the country's poorest provinces, Wang Yang lacks the revolutionary pedigree of the so-called "princeling" party leaders. Yet since taking office in 2007, Wang has led a far-reaching crackdown on corruption resulting in several high-profile convictions, including that of former Shenzhen mayor Xu Zongheng. He has also overseen a rise in government transparency, making the provincial capital of Guangzhou the mainland's first city to publish its budget.

Hu allies get top posts in rich provinces

The Communist Party yesterday appointed a close ally of President Hu Jintao as the party chief of southwestern powerhouse Sichuan province , in a string of key personnel changes also involving Guangdong, Chongqing and Anhui .

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