China Proposes Xi Jinping’s Stay In Power For Indefinite Time

| February 25 , 2018 , 18:17 IST

China’s ruling party sets proposal for President Xi Jinping to remain in office for an indefinite period of time with an amendment in the constitutional rule which limits the presidential term to just two terms.

At present, he is to finish his first five-year term and will be elected to a second term at the annual meeting which is to be held on 5th of March.

There is no limit on his tenure as the party and military chief, though a maximum 10-year term is a norm. He began his second term as head of the party and military in October, at the end of a once-every-five-years party congress.

The statement, carried by state news agency Xinhua, gave few details. It said the proposal had been made by the party's Central Committee, the largest of its elite ruling bodies. The proposal also covers the vice president position.

"The Communist Party of China Central Committee proposed to remove the expression that the President and Vice-President of the People's Republic of China 'shall serve no more than two consecutive terms' from the country's Constitution," Xinhua said.

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Constitutional ameliorate needs to be approved by parliament. That is deformed with members chosen for their loyalty to the party, meaning the reform will not be blocked.

There has been constant contemplation that Xi wants to stay on in office past the customary two five-year terms.

Aged 69, Wang had reached the age at which top officials tend to retire. But he has been chosen as a parliament delegate this year and is likely to become vice president, sources with ties to the leadership and diplomats say.

The move is eloquent because if Wang does not retire, that could set a precedent for Xi to stay on in power after he completes the traditional two terms in office.

However, the role of party chief is more superior to that of a president. At some point, Xi could be given a party position that also allows him to be in the party as long as he wants.