China sets stage for President Xi to stay in office indefinitely

China sets stage for President Xi to stay in office indefinitely

China sets stage for President Xi to stay in office indefinitely

Written by Nathasha De Alwis

25 Feb, 2018 | 9:04 pm

China’s ruling Communist Party today set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office.

Since taking office more than five years ago,  President Xi has overseen a radical shake-up of the party, including taking down top leaders once thought untouchable as part of his popular war on deep-rooted corruption.

Today’s announcement, carried by state news agency Xinhua, gave few details.

It said the proposal had been made by the party’s Central Committee, the largest of its elite ruling bodies. The proposal also covers the vice president position.

Xi Jinping who is currently required by China’s constitution to step down as president after two five-year terms.

Nearing the end of his first term, he will be formally elected to a second at the annual meeting of China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament opening on March 5.


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