China: Xi Jinping able to rule for life after term limits abolished

China's National People's Congress voted to abolish presidential term limits in Beijing on Sunday, allowing President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely. Almost 3,000 delegates cast their ballots on a series of constitutional amendments, including one proposing the removal on the restriction that had limited the presidency to two consecutive five-year terms. Out of 2,964 ballots, just two... Еще delegates voted against the change and three abstained. The move has been justified as a necessity to align the presidency with Xi's two other posts — head of the party and the military — with no formal limits on time served in both positions. «This is an important measure to strengthen the national leadership system. It's commonly known as 'Trinity' — and it includes heads of the party, the army and the country,» said the head of the legislature's legal affairs committee, Shen Chunyao, commenting on the results.

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