China picks head of top political advisory body, another step in completing handover

China has taken another step toward completing its leadership handover with the appointment of an official best known for his communist pedigree to head a top government advisory body.

Yu Zhengsheng was selected Monday to head the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a companion body to the country's rubberstamp legislature. There was no other candidate.

Yu's selection is the latest step in China's once-a-decade political transition and kicks off several days of formal government leadership changes that were foreshadowed by promotions at the Communist Party's congress in November. In China, the party is the pre-eminent political power and top government posts are held by its leaders.

Yu was among seven leaders who ascended to the party's top inner circle at the November conclave. Yu is ranked fourth in the party.