Guo Jinlong was appointed vice and acting mayor of Beijing by the standing committee of the municipal people's congress on Friday.
Guo Jinlong [File photo]
Wang Qishan will no longer serve as Beijing mayor and deputy secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), according to a CPC Central Committee decision.
Wang Qishan [File photo]
Guo Jinlong, former Party chief of Anhui Province, will assume Wang's position on the municipal Party committee. He was also nominated as a candidate for mayor on Thursday.
Guo will serve as vice mayor and acting mayor before the full mayoralty is decided by voting at the municipal people's congress meeting, to be held early next year.
The standing committee meeting on Friday also accepted Wang's resignation due to the job reshuffle.
Wang, who took over as mayor during the 2003 SARS epidemic, was elected member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in October.
Liu Qi, secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the CPC, spoke highly of Wang's tenure as Beijing mayor, saying he had "devoted all his wisdom and strength" to work for the development and progress of Beijing.
Guo, of Han nationality, was born in July 1947 in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province. He joined the CPC in April 1979.
Guo received a bachelor's degree in physics from Nanjing University and began working as a technician in Southwest China's Sichuan Province in 1969.
He served as secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Committee of the CPC from October 2000 to December 2004.
He is a member of the CPC Central Committee and has served as secretary of the Anhui Provincial Committee of the CPC since December 2004.