China amends constitution: removes presidential term limits, adds ‘Xi Jinping Thought’
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China amends constitution: removes presidential term limits, adds ‘Xi Jinping Thought’

March 12, 2018

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China’s parliamentary body, the National People’s Congress (NPC), voted Sunday to adopt amendments to China’s Constitution, including a proposal to remove presidential term limits by eliminating a phrase that said the president and vice-president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.” The term limit clause had been put in place by Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982.

The approximately 3,000 NPC delegates voted by secret ballot in a process that took approximately 10 minutes. The amendment passed with two opposing votes and three abstentions.

China’s current president, Xi Jinping, 64, came to power in 2012 and is currently in his second five-year term. He is also general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and commander in chief of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

The NPC vote approved other constitutional amendments, including:

  • Incorporating the policy guide “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” into the preamble of the constitution. “Xi Jinping Thought” was adopted into the CCP constitution at the party’s National Congress last October.
  • Designating a supervisory commission as a new type of “state organ” in a section on “The Structure of the State.” The commission is responsible for supervision for “all public servants exercising public power.”
  • Adding a sentence saying the leadership of the CCP “is the defining feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”
  • Adding a sentence saying China is building “a community with a shared future for humanity.”

Sources: AP, Deutsche Welle, Xinhua, Xinhua, Xinhua, Xinhua