Shanghai Mayor Retains Position

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Shanghai’s mayor won a second five-year term Wednesday, cementing his political survival after a wide-ranging corruption scandal brought down the city’s Communist Party boss.

Han Zheng, 57, was reappointed at the annual meeting of the municipal legislature, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Xinhua gave no details. Han’s new term will run through Shanghai’s staging of the 2010 World Expo, an opportunity for international exposure that the city hopes will rival Beijing’s hosting of this year’s Summer Olympic Games.

Han, first appointed mayor in 2003, pledged last week to repair the city’s “negative image,” a reference to the scandal that toppled Chen Liangyu, the city’s most powerful official, in September 2006, as well as other top city officials and businessmen.

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