Xi Jinping Secures Lifetime Presidency in China

Xi Jinping Secures Lifetime Presidency in China

Xi Jinping Secures Lifetime Presidency in China

Xi, who would have been due to step down in 2023, defied the tradition of presenting a potential successor during October's Communist Party Congress.

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a strong warning against corruption on Saturday while meeting parliament delegates from scandal-plagued Chongqing city, saying officials should not let "pillow talk" within families help to foster graft.

The main, no doubt, is elimination of limits to presidential errands that Deng Xiaoping had introduced in his day to institutionalize power and avoid Mao's personalism.

The constitutional amendment, adopted at the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), included 11 entries related to supervisory commissions, said Zheng Shu'na, vice chairperson of the Commission for Legislative Affairs of the 12th NPC Standing Committee, at a press conference.

Warm applause broke out in the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Sunday as China's Parliament overwhelmingly voted to end the two-term limit of the presidency. He's also head of both the Communist Party and the military, and those positions don't have term limits.

The National People's Congress approved two additional constitutional amendments, including "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 Guardian reported.

On Monday, one day after Chinese lawmakers voted nearly unanimously for a constitutional amendment abolishing presidential term limits, state-run newspapers turned on foreign critics of Xi's move.

Despite the prospect of official retaliation, a number of prominent Chinese figures have also publicly protested against the move.

The leadership defended the move, with Xi telling a group of delegates from the southern province of Guangdong that the constitutional amendments reflected "the common will of the party and people". By putting his authority on every matter at the same time, Medeiros and Hirson said, Xi "is very vulnerable if he has one or many policy failures, and the knives are likely to come out quickly in such a scenario".

Activists fear that removing term limits may lead to a further tightening of already strict controls on media, civil society and religion, as Xi tries to impose his highly ideological vision of socialism on every aspect of society.

But if the economy veers off course, whether by Xi's own doing or because of a global downturn, the leader's support could waver.

Chinese officialdom says the expansion of Xi's power is driven by the need to ensure stability for the country, which faces huge economic, social and geopolitical challenges. He added, however, that he was concerned that the public discourse lacked a space for dissenting voices.

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