China Replaces Party Chief Of Riot-hit Xinjiang

From Reuters:

China has replaced the top official in energy-rich Western Xinjiang region, hit last year by deadly rioting and a scare over syringe stabbings, the official Xinhua agency reported on Saturday.

Zhang Chunxian has been made Communist Party Secretary for the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region — a position which carries more power than the post of governor — replacing Wang Lequan, who had run the remote region since 1994.

The Xinhua report did not say why Wang had been removed, but he was the target of massive public anger in restive Xinjiang for his handling of rioting last July, which left nearly 200 dead, and the subsequent syringe attack scares.


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