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Jiang Zemin resigns remaining post
(China Daily)
Updated: 2005-03-05 02:10

Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin resigned his remaining political post as chairman of the State Central Military Commission (CMC) yesterday.

In a letter handed to a presidium meeting of the National People's Congress, China's parliament, the 78-year-old officially stepped down.

The presidium adopted a draft resolution to accept Jiang's request, and submitted the resolution for deliberation at the upcoming 3rd session of the NPC.

Jiang resigned from the chairmanship of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) last September, and was succeeded by Hu Jintao.

The parliament session will elect a new chairman of the State Central Military Commission, according to an agenda adopted at a preparatory meeting of the session yesterday.

Current president, Hu Jintao, who is also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, is expected to succeed Jiang as chairman of the State Central Military Commission.

Jiang became chairman of the CMC of the CPC in November 1989, and chairman of the State CMC in 1990.

In 2002, Hu Jintao succeeded him as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee. Hu became Chinese president in 2003.

Also yesterday, the preparatory conference of the NPC session elected a 173-people presidium and a secretary general.

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