Six days ago the legislature abolished term limits for the president and vice president, meaning both can serve indefinitely.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has been reappointed with no limit on the number of terms he can serve China’s rubber-stamp legislature, The National People’s Congress, also appointed close Xi ally Wang Qishan to the formerly ceremonial post of vice president. Last Sunday the legislature abolished term limits for the president and vice president, meaning both can continue in office indefinitely.
Chinese officials defended the move saying it would bring the presidency in line with Mr Xi’s other two main positions of head of the ruling Communist Party and commander of the armed forces, but critics say the move will lead to increased political repression and allow party factions to promote their own candidates within the closed system.
Mr Xi, 64, is considered the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong.
He took office as president in 2013 and has not said how many additional five-year terms he intends to serve. State media says the removal of term limits will not alter conditions for retirement or create a president in perpetuity, but no further detail was given.