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China's parliament abolishes presidential term limits

Sunday - 11/03/2018 07:10
China's rubber-stamp lawmakers on Sunday passed a historic constitutional amendment abolishing presidential term limits that will enable President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely.
© Wang Zhao, AFP | Chinese President Xi Jinping votes during a session of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11. China's rubber-stamp parliament voted to abolish term limits.
© Wang Zhao, AFP | Chinese President Xi Jinping votes during a session of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11. China's rubber-stamp parliament voted to abolish term limits.

The National People's Congress' nearly 3,000 hand-picked delegates endorsed the constitutional amendment Sunday, voting 2,958 in favor with two opposed, three abstaining and one vote invalidated.

The amendment upends a system enacted by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982 to prevent a return to the bloody excesses of a lifelong dictatorship typified by Mao Zedong's chaotic 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution.

The slide toward one-man rule under Xi has fueled concern that Beijing is eroding efforts to guard against the excesses of autocratic leadership and make economic regulation more stable and predictable.

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