Li over­sees swear­ing-in of of­fi­cials

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By HU YONGQI huy­ongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang over­saw the swear­ing-in of 62 of­fi­cials to 39 de­part­ments un­der the State Coun­cil on Mon­day, the sec­ond such event to high­light com­pli­ance with the coun­try’s fun­da­men­tal law.

All of the of­fi­cials were ap­pointed be­tween September and May.

State Coun­cilor Yang Jing an­nounced the start of the cer­e­mony at about 11 am be­fore all par­tic­i­pants stood up to sing the na­tional an­them.

Ding Xue­dong, deputy sec­re­tary-general of the State Coun­cil, led the group in tak­ing the oath of of­fice by plac­ing his left hand on the red-cov­ered Con­sti­tu­tion and his right hand up in the air.

Against the back­drop of the na­tional em­blem, the of­fi­cials said, “I do swear that I will be loyal to the Con­sti­tu­tion, safe­guard its author­ity and per­form my statu­tory du­ties.”

In September, the first group of 55 of­fi­cials un­der the State Coun­cil, China’s Cab­i­net, pledged to up­hold the Con­sti­tu­tion.

In July 2015, the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress passed and re­leased a le­gal doc­u­ment to make all pub­lic ser­vants take an oath to up­hold the Con­sti­tu­tion.

After the cer­e­mony, Li called on all of­fi­cials to re­mem­ber their oaths and per­form their du­ties in ac­cor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion. He also said the of­fi­cials should work dili­gently for the peo­ple, while re­main­ing earnest and steer­ing clear of any cor­rupt ac­tions.

“I hope ev­ery­one will re­mem­ber this mo­ment and keep ev­ery word in mind after the solemn swear­ing-in by loy­ally up­hold­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion,” Li said.

“All of you are ex­pected to take the ini­tia­tive in im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives and en­sur­ing the medium to highspeed growth of the Chi­nese econ­omy,” he said.

I hope ev­ery­one will re­mem­ber this mo­ment and keep ev­ery word in mind after the solemn swear­ing-in by loy­ally up­hold­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion.” Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang

WU ZHIYI / CHINA DAILY

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang over­sees the swear­ing-in of 62 of­fi­cials to 39 de­part­ments un­der the State Coun­cil at the Zhong­nan­hai lead­er­ship com­pound in Bei­jing on Mon­day.

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