Chinese President Xi Jinping gained an official third five-year time period as president Friday, following a vote by the nation’s principally ceremonial legislature.
The National People’s Congress voted 2,952 to 0 to re-elect Xi, who’s 69, placing him on monitor to remain in energy for all times.
Xi’s victory was a foregone conclusion as he has sidelined potential rivals and crammed the highest ranks of the ruling Communist Party together with his personal supporters since he first rose to energy in 2012.
Members of the NPC are appointed by the ruling celebration and dissenters are usually not widespread.
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Xi named himself to a 3rd five-year time period as celebration normal secretary in October, breaking a longstanding Chinese custom the place leaders hand over energy after two phrases, or as soon as a decade.
His two-term restrict was beforehand deleted from the Chinese structure, main consultants to foretell he may select to remain in energy for all times.
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NPC members weren’t given a listing of potential different candidates, so it was assumed Xi ran unopposed. The election course of was principally accomplished in secret.
In tandem with the presidency extension, Xi was unanimously named commander of the People’s Liberation Army, the formal identify for China’s army.
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The Chinese armed forces are distinctive in that they’re led by the ruling political celebration, relatively than its members swearing an oath to defend the nation or a structure.
The elections had been held as China is dealing with growing worldwide strain to subside its aggression within the East China Sea and its hostilities with Taiwan and Hong Kong, and to name for Russia to finish its invasion of Ukraine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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