Spencer Kellogg | @TheNewTreasury
Today in Beijing China, nearly 100% of the 3,000 member National People’s Congress voted to amend the Chinese constitution in favor of abolishing presidential term limits.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 11, 2018
The move effectively makes current head of state Xi Jingpin the President of China for the foreseeable future. For the first time since Deng Xiaopeng’s 1982 administration imposed term limits in the aftermath of Mao Zedong’s rule, China will again be under the rule of one.
Although Xi has overseen an unprecedented growth in the middle class of China, with only two dissenting votes this move signals a throwback to the autocratic pre-capitalist regime of mid 20th century China.
BREAKING: China’s legislature passed the new amendment of constitution with 2 opposition votes, making president Xi Jinping for life possible. It’s the lowest opposition vote compared to the two latest amendments, in 2004 and 1999. pic.twitter.com/SghJFfwFVW
— Keith Zhai (@QiZHAI) March 11, 2018
Xi’s reign has seen China grow into an economic powerhouse behind loosening regulation and government involvement in the private sector. His time as leader has also been marred by controversy as Chinese officials have tightened their control on the country’s internet services while jailing activists who are critical of the government.
With a visibly relaxed Xi watching on and almost unilateral support across the legislative body for unlimited term limits, the President crowned decades of work in a single afternoon. Xi has been in power since he consolidated power within the Communist Party in 2012.
The vote on term limits were kept a secret until after February 25th when the legislature opened.
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