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Struggling to stay awake in China's parliament

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The annual opening of China’s National People’s Congress is the last step in the handover of power to the country’s new leaders. It may be a monumental moment for China and a key moment in global geo-politics, but some members of the parliament found it difficult keeping their eyes open.

Out-going Chinese premier Wen Jiabao warned those present of the social problems that the country faces and the dangers of “unsustainable” economic growth.

The opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is the final stage in the leadership change, which occurs every ten years. While the top jobs of President and Premier of the world’s most populous country and soon-to-be world’s biggest economy will go to Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang respectively, many other government posts still need to be filled from among the ranks of China’s Communist Party.

For some provincial party members hoping to be picked for plum jobs it’s a long trip to Beijing, and they then had to sit through some lengthy speeches once assembled in the Great Hall of the People. But succumbing to sleep is probably not the best way to impress the top brass.

A Reuters cameraman caught on camera some of those catching forty winks:

  • Napping at the NPC

  • Napping at the NPC

  • Napping at the NPC

  • Napping at the NPC

  • Napping at the NPC

  • Napping at the NPC