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China abolishes term limits for President Xi Jingping

China abolishes term limits for President Xi Jingping
March 13
08:47 2018

NEWS REPORTER

China has approved a plan to abolish presidential term limits, opening the door for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely.

China’s National People’s Congress, the country’s national legislative body, on Sunday voted to change the country’s constitution to allow Xi to remain in power beyond his scheduled 2023 departure.

The Chinese Communist Party proposed the change last month.

Out of a staggering 2,964 votes, only two delegates voted against the constitutional change while three abstained.

The alteration removes phrasing that says China’s president and vice president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.”

Chinese state media has said that the constitutional changes “won the heart of the people”.

President Xi Jingping is also the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.

Two other amendments designed to shore up Xi’s supremacy were also approved through the same vote: the addition of a political philosophy called Xi Jinping Thought to the Constitution, and the creation of politically driven “supervisory commissions” tasked with investigating party members and civil servants.

The parliament’s chairman, Zhang Dejiang, also told delegates it was time to get behind Xi’s push to make China great again.

The Communist Party also recently achieved the enshrinement of the Xi Jingping Thought which consists of a 14-point basic policy as follows:

 

  • Ensuring Communist Party of China leadership over all forms of work in China.
  • The Communist Party of China should take a people-centric approach for the public interest.
  • The continuation of “comprehensive deepening of reforms”.
  • Adopting new science-based ideas for innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development.
  • Following Socialism with Chinese characteristics with people as the masters of the country.
  • Governing China with the rule of law.
  • Practise Socialist Core Values, including Marxism, communism and Socialism with Chinese characteristics.
  • Improving people’s livelihood and well-being is the primary goal of development.
  • Coexist well with nature with energy conservation and environmental protection policies and contribute to global ecological safety.
  • Strengthen national security.
  • The Communist Party of China should have absolute leadership over China’s People’s Liberation Army.
  • Promoting the one country, two systems system for Hong Kong and Macau with a future of complete national reunification; and to follow the One-China policy and 1992 Consensus for Taiwan.
  • Establish a common destiny between Chinese people and other people around the world with a peaceful international environment.
  • Improve party discipline in the Communist Party of China.

 

 

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