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China kicks off parliament season to remove term limit for Xi Jinping

Speculation about the appointment of four Vice Premiers came as China today commenced its well-choreographed annual parliament

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Photo: Reuters.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Photo: Reuters.

As he set to his power removing two term limit, Chinese plans to appoint four Vice Premiers to work on popular programmes like poverty relief, environmental protection and improving economy which would enhance his image at home.

Speculation about the appointment of four Vice Premiers came as today commenced its well-choreographed annual parliament which was expected to endorse the ruling the (CPC) proposal to amend the Constitution removing the two-term rule for and Vice

now has two Vice Premiers.

The proposal sparked off speculation that Xi who is on course to become modern China's Emperor, wielding unquestionable power exercised by the party founder, in the heydays of revolution is working on populist agenda which would contribute to his public image.

In the course of next two weeks the China Peoples Political Consultative Conference, (CPPCC) an advisory body and the National Peoples Congress, (NPC) would meet to clear a broad agenda.

The kicked off the political season today with a nationally televised press conference in which he took selected questions mostly from the Chinese on issues like poverty alleviation, US plans to impose tariffs on and aluminium etc.

Conspicuous by their absence was any questions on removal of the two term limit for which made headlines at home and abroad.

The NPC often referred as stand Parliament for its routine endorsement of the CPC proposals is set to meet from March 5 with the presentation of work report by

During the next two weeks, various Ministers including would address the media. The season will end with the press conference by Li.

This may be the last tenure for several Ministers as the CPC has already finalised new set of Ministers and officials as they have completed five year terms. There will be a compete makeover of the government.

The seven-member all powerful of the CPC, which rules the country is also set for a change as barring Xi and Li the rest have retired. A new had been elected last by the once-in-a-five-year of the CPC.

Hong Kong-based the 'Morning Post' has reported that that Xi has identified four CPC officials -- Hu Chunhua, Han Zheng, Liu He and He Lifeng, for the post of vice premiers who are likely to be put in charge of the Chinese President's top three priorities of poverty relief, evironmental protection, the control of economic risks.

First Published: Fri, March 02 2018. 19:25 IST
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