Xi Jinping has tightened his grip as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong after being elected president for a third term.
China’s Xi secures record third term as president
Xi Jinping has secured a precedent-breaking third five-year term as China’s president and tightened his grip as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
Almost 3000 members of China’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), voted unanimously on Friday in the Great Hall of the People for Xi, 69, to be president in an election where there was no other candidate.
The voting lasted for about an hour and the electronic counting was completed in about 15 minutes.
The stage was set for another Xi term when he did away with presidential term limits in 2018.