China Marks History: 2-Term Presidential Limit Abolished, Xi Jinping Cleared To Rule Indefinitely

| March 11 , 2018 , 14:34 IST

President of China Xi Jinping is now set for an indefinite term after Chinese Parliament on Sunday in a historic move, amended the Constitution lifting the two-term limit on a president's rule.

The 35-year-old rule limiting a president's tenure to 2 terms was established by "paramount" leader Deng Xiaoping to prevent the nation from returning to a one-man rule like that of Mao Zedong who ruled from 1949 till his death in 1976.

From the 2,963 deputies (lawmakers) of the Chinese parliament, all approved of the amendment removing the term limit except for 2 votes against the proposal, and 3 abstaining votes. Now that the term limit has been removed, Xi can rule China until he dies, retires or is ousted.

Xi Jinping became the General Secretary of the Communist Party in 2012, succeeding Hu Jintao, and one year later became China's President. Apart from being the General Secretary of the Communist Party, Xi is also the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, which is the supreme body of the Chinese army.

While domestically in China the post of General Secretary is more powerful than that of the President, the President deals with the outside world.

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Traditionally, the next president is named by the current as his successor at the party's key once in-five-years meet, a policy which was followed by Xi Jinping's predecessors Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin. Xi, however, did not name any successor at the 5-year meet in October, hinting that he may want to extend his power beyond his 2 terms.

So far, no contender for the position of president has appeared, with dissenters of Xi and other rising politicians either falling in line or being put behind the bars on graft charges.