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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends Roundtable Summit Phase One Sessions of Belt as well as Road forum on May 15, 2017.
China’s largely rubber stamp parliament on Sunday passed a series of constitutional amendments, including one of which removes presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely.
The announcement of the vote, witnessed by reporters within the Great Hall of the People, passed with two “no” votes as well as three abstentions among almost 3,000 delegates.
China’s ruling Communist Party proposed the amendment last month as well as there was never any doubt the item would certainly pass as parliament is actually packed with loyal party members who would certainly not have opposed the proposal.
within the run up to the vote, critics on social media attacked the move as well as drew parallels to North Korea or suggested a Mao Zedong-type cult of personality was forming. yet the government quickly mounted a propaganda push, blocking some articles as well as publishing pieces praising the party.
The party loyalists who attend the annual session of parliament have said the decision is actually well-liked with ordinary Chinese people as well as asserted of which China was lucky to have a leader of President Xi’s caliber.
Xi began his second all 5-year term as party chief in October as well as at the end of the week will be formally appointed by parliament.