New move by China’s parliament have now made it possible for President Xi Jinping to preside over the world’s most populous country, for life.
According to reports, out of 2,963 delegates at the annual session of the National People’s Congress, 2,958 voted “yes” to changing the Constitution on Sunday.
There were three abstentions and two voted against, the parliament announced.
The move has turned back succession plan put in place by former leader Deng Xiaoping to ensure stability following the turbulent one-man rule of Communist China’s founder Mao Zedong.
Xi, 64, has consolidated power since taking office as general secretary of the Communist Party in 2012 – his most important title, which has no term limits but which his two predecessors both gave up after two terms.
He would have had to give up the presidency after the end of his second term in 2023.
However, with his newly lifelong strong-man position, Xi will now be able to consolidate China’s position as a as a global leader and powerhouse.
Readers Bureau, contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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