The troubled province of Liaoning has named a new governor, the semi-official China News Service reported. Zhang Guoguang was elected yesterday by the provincial people's congress, taking over from incumbent Wen Shizhen. Wang Huaiyuan was elected Congress Chairman. Both Mr Zhang and Mr Wang have been deputy party secretaries of Liaoning since 1993. The agency report did not mention any changes regarding Mr Wen, apparently implying the 58-year-old Liaoning native stayed on as the provincial party secretary. The depressed northeast industrial province has been crippled by its crumbling state-owned sector and soaring unemployment. Last September, Mr Wen vowed to turn the beleaguered state-owned sector around in three years. Mr Zhang, also a native, started his political career as party secretary in Shenyang. He was promoted to second-in-command in Liaoning five years ago. Last December, he was made the chief economic adviser to Mr Wen. Mr Wang was born in Shandong province and spent many years in cities such as Jinan and Zilu before being transferred to Liaoning five years ago. Another protege of Mr Wen, his former personal assistant Yang Xinhua, was named a vice-governor by the congress. Five incumbent vice-governors were re-elected, including Executive Vice-Governor Guo Tingbiao. The elections of a new batch of regional leaders have progressed across the country. A week ago, Guangdong elected ex-banker Wang Qishan as one of its vice-governors. The reshuffling will reach a climax in March when the National People's Congress meets in Beijing to elect a new premier, his deputies and other cabinet ministers. Vice Premier Zhu Rongji is widely expected to succeed Li Peng as head of the State Council.