Beijing: China’s legislature has unanimously approved the reappointment of Xi Jinping as president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve. The National People’s Congress also appointed close Xi ally Wang Qishan to the formerly ceremonial post of vice-president.
‘Shameless naysayers’: Chinese media hits back at questions over Xi Jinping’s power grab. At the Great Hall of the People, Xi, Wang and other officials took turns stepping to the lectern to place their left hands on the constitution and raise their right fists as they delivered an oath swearing loyalty to the constitution, the motherland and the people.
Xi’s reappointment was approved by all 2,970 members of the NPC in attendance, while there was only one vote against Wang’s appointment. Xi, who leads the ruling Communist party, was also reappointed as head of the government commission that commands the military. He is already head of an identical party body overseeing the armed forces.
The 64-year-old is considered the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. Last weekend, Xi was given the right to continue in office indefinitely after the NPC scrapped term limits for the president and vice-president.
Chinese officials defended the move, saying it would bring the presidency in line with Xi’s positions as head of the party and commander of the armed forces.