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Written by  Mar 11, 2018 - 223 Views

China: constitutional amendment allows Xi Jinping to stay in the presidency for life

Members of China's National People's Assembly (parliament), about 3,000, Sunday passed a closed-door session to allow President Xi Jinping to continue to lead the country for life.

Under the constitutional amendment, which was approved by 2958 votes and opposed by two deputies and three abstentions, the article limiting the number of presidential mandates to two, each of five years.

The constitutional amendment will also allow the inclusion of "Xi Jinping Thought" in the Constitution as well as the "leadership role" of the CPC in its first article. Since taking command of the Chinese Communist Party at the end of 2012 and then the head of state in early 2013, Shi strengthened the regime's authority.

The number of presidential mandates was set at two in the 1982 Constitution under Deng Xiaoping to avoid any return to the dictatorial rule of Mao Zedong (1949-1976).

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