His Excellency, Premier Li Keqiang, was formally installed as the new Premier of the People's Republic of China (PROC), after he was voted by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) on March 15, 2013, during the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The election formalized his appointment that was first announced by the CPC on November 14, 2012. He succeeded Premier Wen Jiabao.
A lawyer-economist, Premier Li will head the State Council of China and Cabinet, in charge of executing government policy and overseeing the economy, and will be the second-ranked Member of the CPC Politburo Standing Committee, the highest decision-making body of the PROC. He will serve two five-year terms.
Premier Li's background is similar to President Xi Jinping's in that his political upbringing took place during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), when he quit his studies to work in the Anhui countryside. He joined the CPC and became party head of the local production team. Born July 1, 1955, in Dingyuan County, Anhui Province, he studied at the School of Law in Peking University for his Bachelor of Laws and became President of the University's Student Council. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the same university. …