Chinese ruling party Politburo to have members slow on reform

Written by Reuters | Beijing | Updated: Nov 7 2012, 07:47am hrs
Chinas ruling Communist Party will this month unveil its new top leadership team, expected to again be an all-male cast of politicians whose instincts are to move cautiously on reform. Sources close to the leadership say 10 main candidates are vying for seven seats on the party's Politburo Standing Committee, which will steer China for the next 5 years.

Only two candidates are considered certainties going into the party's 18th congress, which starts Thursday: leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping and his deputy, Li Keqiang, who are set to be installed as president and premier next March. Of the remaining eight contenders, only one has the reputation as a political reformer and only one is a woman.