China Places Big Bet on Xi Jinping, Scraps Presidential Term Limits
In the short space of two weeks, China has announced and on now voted with near unanimous approval to amend the country’s constitution and give party state’s powerful leader Xi Jinping a mandate to stay in office indefinitely. On Sunday, a controversial amendment to scrap a two-term limit on the office of the president was approved along with 20 other changes. The amendments passed smoothly in the largely rubber stamp National People’s Congress with only five dissenting votes. Of the nearly 3,000 delegates to the congress, 2,958 voted in favor. The decision to scrap a two-term limit to the president’s term in office was divulged to the public only in late February, but the Communist Party has quickly been working on a narrative that the decision was in the works for months and the changes have widespread public approval. This despite the fact that discussion of...
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