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Putin congratulates Xi on election
March 18, 2018, 9:23 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin was the first to congratulate Xi [PPIO]

Chinese President Xi Jinping was re-elected as the country’s leader by unanimous vote during the 13th National Party Congress on Saturday.

He was also selected as the chairman of the Central Military Commission.

This election, which appears to have no term limit, effectively makes Xi the most powerful political player in China.

Russian President Vladimir Putin quickly called to congratulate Xi.

“This decision made by the National People’s Congress once again proves your high prestige, and represents a recognition of Your contribution to promoting China’s rapid economic and social development and safeguarding China’s national interests on the global stage,” Putin was quoted by TASS as saying.

Citing new global conditions coupled with the party’s committment to develop socialism the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in late February said that it was necessary that constitutional term limits on the presidency be lifted.

The CPC Central Committee wants to revisit the paragraph which states:
“The term of office of the President and Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China is the same as that of the National People’s Congress, and they shall serve no more than two consecutive terms”.

The Central Committee says that this change is necessary because “the leadership of the Communist Party of China is the defining feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics”.

The Central Committee also proposed writing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era into the national constitution alongside the schools of thought of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

On Saturday, Xi made a public oath of allegiance to the Constitution in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies