Chinese President Xi Jinping has been nominated for a third term as President
Chinese President Xi Jinping has been approved for a third term as President. His term was approved by the country’s political elite on Friday, strengthening his control and making him the longest-serving leader of the Communist country since its founding in 1949. .
Xi was re-elected on Friday as president for another five years with the seal of the Chinese parliament in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He received 1,952 unanimous votes and was followed by cheers.
Xi’s power comes from his being the General Secretary of the Communist Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC). His confirmation for a third term as president was expected by many
The naming of a new prime minister and various ministers in the future is considered more important. All new appointees are expected to be loyal to Xi Jinping. This includes Li Qiang, who is tipped to serve as President Xi’s number two.
Jinping has strengthened his rule as China reopens from its zero-Covid policy that has fueled protests against the government. The so-called Two Sessions of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) this week are being closely watched as they provide a glimpse of China’s direction in the coming years.
Since Mao Zedong, leaders in China had been limited to two terms in power. When Mr Xi reversed this restriction in 2018, it transformed him into a figure not seen since Chairman Mao.