Xi Jinping voted lifetime Chinese President

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March 19, 2018 By Joseph S. Margai in Beijing

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President Xi Jinping taking oath of allegiance to the Chinese Constitution at the Great Hall of the People (Photo credit: CGTN)

Xi Jinping has been re-elected Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China on Saturday, 17th March, 2018, at the fifth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress.

The 64-year-old, after his re-election, took a public oath of allegiance to the Chinese Constitution in the Great Hall of the People, the first time for a Chinese president to take such an oath upon assuming office.

“I pledge to be loyal to the country and the people, be committed and honest in my duty, accept the people’s supervision and work for a greater modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful,” President Xi Jinping pledged, just six days after the national legislature added oaths of allegiance into the newly-amended Constitution.

In October 2017, Xi was elected general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and appointed chairman of the Central Military Commission at the first plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee.

President Xi Jinping, who joined the central leadership as a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, was the first elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee in late 2012.

Xi was elected Chinese president and Central Military Commission Chairman of the People’s Republic of China in March 2013.

Wang Qishan, who was a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), was elected Vice Chinese President by nearly 3,000 lawmakers.

Born in July 1948, Wang was Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC from 2012 to 2017, and was able to push China’s campaign against corruption and violation of the party’s Code of Conduct.

As secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC, his actions to combat corruption had seen the downfall of both high-level officials and grassroots.

Li Zhanshu was elected Chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee.

Li is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

He was elected as a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on 25th October, 2017.

Li, who is also currently the Director of the Office of the National Security Commission of the CPC Central Committee, was born in August 1950.

He is from Pingshan, Hebei Province and began his first job in December 1972 and joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in April 1975.

Li graduated from the Department of Political Education, Night College, Hebei Normal University, where he completed an in-service undergraduate programme. He holds an executive MBA degree.


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