Chinese media reports have said that the PSC will be restricted to seven seats, down from nine. Senior party officials are said to have reduced the number to limit power given to those in the position of domestic security chief and the propaganda minister.
Former Chongquing chief Bo Xilai who at one point was certain to get a spot on the PSC was ousted from his position earlier this year, the first scandal.
Then Hu Chunhua, president Hu Jintao's ally, who was expected to be a member of the PSC was appointed Chongquing party chief which is a challenging position, but is viewed as a "sideways move" rather than a promotion, according to Reuters. Moreover, two sources told Reuters that "Little Hu" is unlikely to be admitted to the PSC.