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Published On: Sun, Feb 25th, 2018

CPC Allow Prez Xi Jinping to serve a third term in office.

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171025171934-01-xi-jinping-life-gallery-exlarge-169BEIJING : The  Communist Partyof China  (CPC) has proposed amending the country’s constitution to allow President Xi Jinping to serve a third term in office. on Sunday cleared the decks for President Xi Jinping’s third consecutive term in office, ahead of a major session of parliament that commences early next month.

(CPC) proposed on Sunday that the President and the Vice President will not be constitutionally restricted to two consecutive terms in office. In effect, it means that the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is serving his second consecutive five year term, can continue beyond 2023.

The announcement came after the powerful 25-member Politburo met on Saturday. On Monday, the Central Committee of the CPC would meet to discuss the proposed changes including personnel.

The flurry of political activity would culminate in the March 3 session of the National People’s Congress (NPC)-China’s parliament. The NPC would give final shape to major decisions taken at the twice- a- decade National Party Congress held in October 2017.
State-run news agency Xinhua said the Party will remove the provision that the President and Vice President “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms” from the constitution of the People’s Republic of China.The proposed amendment will have to be ratified by China’s rubber-stamp parliament — the National People’s Congress (NPC) — in March.
When it goes into effect, Xi will be free to serve indefinitely as China’s head of state, the strongest indication yet he is intending to maintain power at the top beyond the two 5-year terms served by his predecessors for the past 20 years.
Analysts point out that the removal of a two term restriction on the Vice President is also significant. There is speculation that Wang Qishan, the country’s anti-corruption czar and President Xi’s trusted ally who had officially retired in November could be reappointed as Vice President.
Alternatively he could head a new National Supervisory Commission that would be empowered to throw its dragnet beyond the 86 million members of the CPC, including private business houses.
Xinhua reported that the CPC had proposed that the expression that the president and vice-president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms” shall be removed from the country’s constitution.
Some observers, however, highlight that the CPC’s move is not confined to the longevity of President Xi’s term in office, but is a deeper long term initiative. “I think the biggest issue is the transition of power after Xi, as the work he is doing to reform the Party and economy is substantial and necessary,” says political commentator Einar Tangen, in a conversation with The Hindu.

He added: “Due to the massive changes in government, and with more to come, it was probable that to implement these changes and let them take root, he would need more time”. (With Agency Inputs ).

 

 

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