China: Xi re-elected as President by Parliament

The namesake or the rubber-stamp Parliament of the People’s Republic of China has unanimously re-elected Xi as the new President of the country. The voting took place in the Beijing’s Great Hall of the People and was open to media. The re-election was already confirmed as the legislature is full of Xi’s loyalists and had already amended the Constitution last Sunday to waive-off the term-limits of the President. This had paved the way forward for the indefinite rule of Xi.

Xi is also the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission along with the Presidential position. He is the most powerful leader in China and is also described as the ‘paramount leader’ or the ‘core leader’. He also holds an ex-officio seat of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China which is the highest decision-making body in China. Xi is the youngest General Secretary. He is the son of Xi Zhongxun who was a veteran Communist of China.

Xi has overhauled governance structure in China to streamline party discipline and ensure unity in the party. Some of the signature measures of his tenure include the anti-corruption drive, internet sovereignty, economic reforms, civil society discourse, restructuring of the military, OBOR initiative and a highly assertive foreign policy. Thus he has successfully centralised the power and has emerged as the most powerful leader after Mao Zedong.

Wang Qishan the former anti-corruption chief and a close ally of Xi has been elected as the Vice-President. As a senior leader of the Communist Party of China, the best of his tenure was between 2012 and 2017 when he was the Secretary of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and also a member of the Politburo Standing Committee.

 

 

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