Xi asks top Communist Party leaders to approve a record third term for him

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President Xi Jinping on Sunday presented a work report outlining his achievements and future vision to the ruling Communist Party’s high-level plenary session here ahead of next week’s National Congress, which is expected to give approval for his record five – one year term.

The Plenary Session of the Communist Party of China (CPC) attended by about 400 senior party officials from across the country began here to deliberate and approve some of the key policies and documents to be presented at the 20th Party Congress scheduled to meet here October 16.

Xi, 69, the head of the CPC, the military in addition to the presidency, presented the work report and delivered explanatory remarks on a draft report on his past five years to be submitted to the National Congress once every five years, official media here reported.

Wang Huning, a member of the CPC Standing Committee, in addition to being its main theorist and a close confidant of Xi, made explanatory remarks on a draft amendment to the CPC Constitution.

China’s constitution was already amended in 2018 by the National People’s Congress (NPC) – the country’s parliament – removing two five-year terms for the president and paving the way for Xi to continue in power beyond his term as president. 10 years that will end this year.

All of his predecessors, with the exception of party founder Mao Zedong, retired after 10 years in office to provide collective leadership and prevent the emergence of a leader to lead the party and the country for an extended period. in addition to promoting a new direction in the ranks.

Although no details were released on the amendment to the CCP’s Constitution, the changes that needed to be approved by Congress were expected to give Xi more power in addition to further elevating his position.

“We must amend the constitution according to the new conditions we face and the missions the party has to accomplish. We must incorporate the latest theoretical and strategic thoughts into the party constitution, said a recent report by the news agency Xinhua official.

Analysts believe the move aims to better enshrine Xi’s ruling philosophy in the charter of the party that governs 95 million members, which would further strengthen Xi’s leadership position, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. .

The CCP already added “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” to its Constitution in 2017.

The amendment, approved at the 19th CPC National Congress, juxtaposes Xi Thought with Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Three Representations Theory and the scientific view of development.

A total of 2,296 delegates have been ‘elected’ to attend the week-long 20th CPC National Congress starting Oct. 16, which was expected to endorse Xi’s unprecedented third term and possibly pave the way for him to remain in power. power throughout his life like Mao.

A CCP plenum meeting held in November last year released a 14-page statement praising Xi’s leadership and central status in the party, explicitly saying he would continue in power for a third term. unprecedented after completing his second five-year term in 2020. is not retiring unlike his predecessors.

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