Former Chongqing Mayor Li dianxun (李殿勋) takes Huang’s vacancy. Li’s vacancy will be succeeded by former Chongqing Development and Reform Commission Chairman Xiong Xue (熊雪).
Huang’s profile has recently been taken down from Hunan Political and Legal Affairs Commission website, suggesting that he has resigned from his position. Earlier this year, Huang was elected Vice Chairman of Hunan People’s Congress in January. Born in February 1959, Huang has reached age of retirement for vice-provincial ranking officials.
The appointment of Li Dianxun to succeed Huang indicates that Li is most likely vetted clean in Chongqing’s political scandal—Li briefly served as Chongqing Government Vice Secretary-General from 2014 to 2015 and as Chongqing Science and Technology Commission (STC) Chairman from 2015 to 2018, before being appointed Chongqing Vice Mayor.
There were rumors that Li Dianxun was sidelined to Chongqing STC primarily because of him not willing to play the game with then-Politburo member and Chongqing Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai (孙政才), who was ousted for corruption—Li was Nanchuan District Party Secretary prior to his appointment to Chongqing Government Vice Secretary-General, a position that would give him a ticket to be directly promoted to be Chongqing Vice Mayor. As an example, his successor as Nanchuan District Party Secretary Li Mingqing (李明清) was promoted to be Chongqing Vice Mayor at the same time in March 2018, when Li Dianxun was promoted. Li Dianxun’s latest promotion to Hunan reinforces our view that he is clean and not related to Sun Zhengcai’s corruption network in Chongqing.
Li Dianxun’s vice mayor seat is being taken by Xiong Xue, who had been Chongqing Development and Reform Commission Chairman since March 2018. Xiong led the development of two new districts within Chongqing, the Northern New District and the Liangjiang New District.