China’s Parliament Approves Li Qiang as Premier

China’s President Xi Jinping and Politburo Standing Committee member Li Qiang arrive for the fourth plenary session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on March 11, 2023

BEIJING, March 11 (Reuters) – China’s rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday approved Li Qiang as the country’s next premier, replacing the retiring Li Keqiang.

Li Qiang received 2,936 votes in favor, with three votes against and eight abstentions, according to totals projected on a screen inside the Great Hall of the People.