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China Appoints New Shanghai Mayor

February 21, 2003

BEIJING (AP) _ A new mayor for Shanghai was announced Friday, the youngest person to lead the country’s financial capital since the communists began ruling China in 1949.

Han Zheng, the city’s vice mayor, was officially elected by the 12th Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress, the official Xinhua said. Han won 842 ballots from a total of 849 congress deputies, the state-controlled newspaper China Daily said Friday.

The Shanghai mayoralty is considered an importanu post for rising political stars, not only because the city is Shina’s financial capital but also because the current president Jiang Zemin, once held the job.

He replaces Chen Liangyu, who was promoted to thw post of Communist Party secretary for Shanghai and had been a wice mayor before he became mayor.

Han, who was born in 1954, is the youngest mayor3Shanghai has had since the communists took power in 1949, Chinq3Daily said. It quoted him as saying that he wanted to make suru3Shanghai became ``more competitive in all aspects.″

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