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Zhou Qiang Picked as Head of China’s Supreme People’s Court

China’s legislature appointed former provincial Communist Party chief Zhou Qiang as president of the country’s top judicial body, amid calls for Chinese courts to be granted greater independence.

Zhou, 52, was elected by a vote of 2,908 to 26, with 23 abstentions, at a session of the National People’s Congress today. The only person nominated for the job, he was previously Communist Party secretary in Hunan Province.