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China's parliament abolishes presidential term limits; paves way for Xi's rise as leader-for-life

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

China's rubber-stamp parliament today voted with a two-thirds majority to abolish presidential term limits, paving the way for Xi Jinping's rise as potential leader-for-life.

Set for his second five-year term as this month, 64-year-old Xi, the most in recent decades heading the ruling (CPC) and the military, will now be the first Chinese leader after the founder to remain in power lifelong.

The constitutional amendment removing the for the and the Vice President was approved with a two-thirds majority by about 3,000 deputies of the National People's Congress, reported

Ahead of the vote by deputies in the - regarded as the rubber stamp parliament for its routine endorsement of CPC proposals - the seven member - the top most body of the ruling of - unanimously approved the amendment to abolish the presidential term limits.

"Every one of us on the approves and supports amending Constitution," of the NPC, Zhang Dejiang, said in his work report.

The amendment effectively ended the collective leadership system followed by the CPC to avert a dictatorship emerging in otherwise a one-party state akin to the era of Mao which witnessed the most brutal events like Cultural Revolution resulting in the killings of millions of people.

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 13:50 IST