The just-elected presidium of the First Session of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, held its first meeting Tuesday morning in Beijing.
The meeting elected 10 executive chairmen of the presidium, and approved the group assignments of presiding chairmen for the plenary session and decided on the proposed candidates for the deputy secretaries-general of the 10th NPC's First Session.
Li Peng, chairman of the Ninth NPC Standing Committee, presided over the first presidium meeting at its beginning in accordance with NPC rules for discharging of its duties, and set forth candidates for the posts of executive chairmen of the current presidium on behalf of the meeting of chairmen of the Ninth NPC Standing Committee.
Li Peng said, "My mission is over, and I wish the First Session of the 10th NPC a complete success." He then invited the presidium's presiding chairman Wu Bangguo to ascend the rostrum and they had a cordial handshake with Wu.
After Li Peng and the vice-chairmen of the Ninth NPC Standing Committee left the meeting hall, Wu Bangguo presided over the meeting.
The meeting adopted the agenda of the First Session of the 10th NPC and procedures for adopting motions set forth by NPC deputies.The meeting also passed a draft decision on establishing special committees of the 10th NPC, draft procedures for choosing candidates for the special committees, and the draft nomination methods for candidates for the posts of chairman, vice-chairmen and members of the Financial and Economic Committee of the 10th NPC. The drafts and nomination will be submitted to the session for approval, which requires a simple majority voting in favor.
The meeting decided that He Chunlin, Wang Yunlong, Yang Jingyu,Jiang Enzhu, Ling Jihua and Ma Kai would serve as deputy secretaries-general of the session.
It also decided that the deadline for motion submission will be 6 p.m. on March 10. According to the Organic Law of the NPC and NPC rules for the discharging of its duties, a delegation of NPC deputies or a group of at least 30 deputies can raise a motion on issues within the power of the NPC.