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Scholar chosen as acting Hunan governor

Hou Liqiang
Updated: Sep 6,2016 10:32 AM     China Daily

Central China’s Hunan province now has a scholarly acting governor, after the local legislature accepted the resignation of the province’s governor, Du Jiahao.

The Standing Committee of the Hunan People’s Congress accepted Du’s resignation on Sept 5 and appointed Xu Dazhe as vice-governor and acting governor. Du is still secretary of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Xu is a scientist and politician. After graduating from Harbin Institute of Technology as a mechanical engineering major in 1984, Xu’s work experience in the last three decades was all related to scientific research before he was transferred to Hunan as deputy Party chief of the province in August.

The 60-year-old was previously chief administrator of the China National Space Administration and the head of the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.

Currently, he is an academician at both the International Academy of Astronautics and International Eurasian Academy of Sciences.

Born in Liuyang, Hunan, he was a member of the 17th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, and is a member of the 18th CPC Central Committee.

Du Jiahao was transferred to Hunan in March 2013 as deputy secretary of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee and kept the post until he was promoted to secretary last month.

Before holding the post in Hunan, the 61-year-old held high-ranking posts in Shanghai and Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. He became Hunan’s governor one month after he was appointed as acting governor in April 2013.

He is also an alternate member of the 18th CPC Central Committee.

Meanwhile, Luo Qiang, 52, was appointed deputy mayor and acting mayor of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.

Luo’s appointment was approved at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Hunan People’s Congress on Sept 5.

Before this appointment, Luo has held a host of key positions in several cities in Sichuan, such as mayor of Dazhou, and Party chief — the top official — in the cities of Guangyuan and Mianyang until he was appointed to senior positions in the provincial government in June 2015.

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