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Xi poised to become China's leader for life

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

China's rubber-stamp legislature is all set to approve tomorrow constitutional changes abolishing a two-for the president, paving the way for to become the country's

The constitutional amendment proposed by the ruling (CPC) is all set to be ratified by about 3,000 members of the National People's (NPC), often referred to as the rubber stamp parliament for its routine endorsement of party proposals.

Ahead of the session of session, the CPC has proposed to remove the two-for the and vice-

The term limits were being followed by the party for over two decades to avert a dictatorship on the lines of party founder and to ensure collective leadership in the one-party state.

The constitutional amendment will remove the hurdle for Xi, 64, to become China's leader-for-life. He is currently in his second five-year term and due to retire in 2023 under the current two-term system.

He is already regarded as the most of after as he held the posts of of the CPC, the military and the presidency which is mostly ceremonial.

The NPC was also expected to endorse another draft constitutional amendment to enshrine Xi's thought on socialism with chinese characteristics for a new era in the

This would ensure Xi's name written into the constitution making him on par with Mao.

The draft suggests Xi's thought be juxtaposed with Marxism-Leninism, Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, and the Theory of Three Represents as a new guiding theory in the preamble of the Constitution.

Scientific Outlook on Development is also proposed to be constitutionalised this time, according to the

Speaking at a panel discussion on the sidelines of the NPC, Xi asked the officials to uphold rule of law, hold in awe of the Constitution, and exercise their duty within the boundaries of the Constitution and laws.

They were asked to abide by political rules, safeguard the authority and centralised and unified leadership of the and absolutely implement the party's lines, principles and policies and decisions by the CPC Central Committee, state-run agency reported.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 21:05 IST