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Xi may extend power as China poised to lift term limits

Xi may extend power as China poised to lift term limits”

The ruling Communist Party on Sunday proposed to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office, meaning Xi, who also heads the party and the military, might never have to retire. "It obviously gives unprecedented power to him", said professor B.R. Deepak of Jawaharlal Nehru University. After Xi first became party chief in November 2012, that paved the way for him to become president in a rubber-stamp vote in March the following year.

Precisely, PNA will be responsible for voting and formally approving proposals of Central Committee to reform Constitution and eliminate temporary restrictions on mandate of Xi. of Xi and its Vice-president.

It is first time in history that party is mentioned not only in preamble of Constitution, but also in its main body.

There has been persistent speculation that Xi wants to stay on in office past the customary two five-year terms.

Xi Jinping made such an argument before the CPC Congress in October, his last Congress before re-election.

"Titles don't matter as much in China as they do in the West".

China should make full use of the Constitution's important function in modernizing China's system and capacity for governance and strengthening the Party's long-term governance capacity, said Xi.

Mao, the founder of Communist China and still held in god-like awe by many Chinese, died while still Communist Party chairman in 1976, having never retired.

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While calling for China's "great rejuvenation" as a world power, the laconic Xi has cultivated a personal image as a man of the people who dresses modestly and buys his own steamed buns at an ordinary shop.

But while other analysts agree that is one a reason for Xi to stay around, there are also other reasons why he may need more time.

That, it was said, would be a sign the way was being paved for Xi to do the same beyond 2022.

Sunday's announcement on term limits came before the Central Committee was to begin a three-day meeting in Beijing on Monday to discuss major personnel appointments and other issues.

"We have a very strong relationship with China". A successor is also normally settled on five years before the president steps down to avoid a power struggle.

Last October during annual Congress feared former head of the anti-graft agency, Wang Qishan had stepped down from the Standing Committee. Wang, 69, stepped down from a party position previous year because of his age. Wang, in the end, didn't remain on the PSC-though there's still a chance that he may not actually retire.

China should stick to the organic unity of Party leadership, the running of the country by the people, and law-based governance, and should strengthen oversight to ensure compliance with the Constitution, Xi said.

"The leaders said the current structure of the party and state institutions was not good enough to meet the requirements for various tasks of the new era", Xinhua said, citing a Saturday meeting of the 25-member Politburo.

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