A number of political stars who came from the Communist Party Youth League and political dynasties are expected to be promoted to senior leadership next year and some new faces will be named members of the Central Committee, Beijing-based observers said. The observers said many of these cadres are likely to form the backbone of a new leadership to be installed when the party holds its 16th Party Congress. Traditionally a cradle for future party leaders, the Communist Party Youth League is considered the power base of Vice-President Hu Jintao, 59. 'These men and women - most were born after the 1940s - will become the next generation of political stars of a leadership with Hu Jintao at its core,' one observer noted. In addition to Youth League veterans like Fujian Communist Party Secretary Song Defu and Justice Minister Zhang Fusen, is Li Yuanchao, now a deputy party secretary of Jiangsu province. Mr Li was first made a vice-minister of Culture last year and sources said he will soon be put in charge of the day-to-day running of one of China's richest provinces. The observers said several Youth League 'graduates' were already in charge of publicity or public relations departments of the Communist Party and the Government. They include Wang Zhaoguo and Liu Yandong, head and deputy head of the party's United Front Work Department respectively. Chen Haosu, who also came from the Youth League, is a vice-president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. The Government has recently named a number of new governors of western provinces. The move coincides with Beijing's plan to develop the country's western frontier. Observers said these new provincial leaders would become the main driving force behind China's ambitious Go West programme. The observers said a significant number of the children of revolutionary heroes are on the rise. The best example is Zeng Qinghong, the trusted aide of President Jiang Zemin. Mr Zeng is widely tipped to be made at the very least a full Politburo member during the Congress. Mr Zeng, 62, is the son of the late minister of the interior, Zeng Shan. Other up-and-coming figures who come from revolutionary family backgrounds include Liao Hui, Yu Zhengsheng, Bo Xilai, Xi Jinping, Jiang Zhuping, Wang Qishan and Dai Bingguo. Mr Liao, now head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council, is the son of late foreign minister Liao Chengzhi. Minister Yu is the son of Huang Jing, a former minister.