26th September 02:39 AM
China approves 'president for life' change
By Semi Turaga
Monday 12/03/2018
China president Xi Jinping (Photo: BBC)

China has approved the removal of term limits for its leader, in a move that effectively allows Xi Jinping to remain as president for life.

The constitutional changes were passed by China's annual sitting of the National People's Congress today.

Two delegates voted against the change and three abstained, out of 2,964 votes.

China had imposed a two‑term limit on its president since the 1990s.

But Xi, who would have been due to step down in 2023, defied the tradition of presenting a potential successor during October's Communist Party Congress.

Source: BBC

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