Chinese Communist Party proposes new leadership candidates

The Chinese Communist Party has adopted a list of candidates for key government positions to be endorsed at the upcoming National People's Congress.

China's state-run Xinhua News Agency says the Communist Party wrapped up a three-day plenary session of its Central Committee on Tuesday.

Details have not been disclosed, but individuals close to President Xi Jinping are expected to be appointed to key posts at the NPC, which starts on Sunday.

Observers say many members of the leadership including the premier are likely to be replaced at the gathering following the launch of Xi's unprecedented third term as Communist Party leader last year.

Li Qiang is expected to succeed Li Keqiang as premier. The former top Communist Party official of Shanghai is a member of the Politburo Standing Committee and currently ranks second in the party's leadership.

Observers also say Han Zheng, who was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee until last year's Communist Party's National Congress, is likely to become the new vice president.

Some media outlets in Hong Kong say reorganization may take place so that a government division that oversees the maintenance of public order will be placed under direct party control.