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Chinese Communist Party Secretary for Xinjiang Replaced
The Chinese Communist Party has replaced its long-serving secretary for the Xinjiang region, Wang Lequan, state-run Xinhua news reported on Saturday.
No explanation was given for demoting Wang, who held the most powerful CCP position in the western region since 1994.
But Wang was the target of massive public anger after his botched handling of riots and syringe stabbing attacks in the regional capital of Urumqi. He’s long been unpopular among Uighur constituents for his iron-fisted tactics. And in September, Han Chinese protested for his removal in a rare public challenge to the Chinese Communist Party in Xinjiang.
Zhang Chunxian will assume the influential position of Party Secretary for Xinjiag next month. He was previously the secretary of the party’s committee in Hunan Province.