Chinese Term Limits Could Go Bye-Bye

Chinese Term Limits Could Go Bye-Bye

China's Communist Party wants to remove the part of the country's constitution that limits a president's time in office to two five-year terms, according to state-run media.

He began his second term in his second role as head of the party and military in October at the end of a party congress held once every five years and has now paved the way to stay on indefinitely.

"In theory he could serve longer than Mugabe but in reality, no one is sure exactly what will happen", Zhang said, referring to Zimbabwe's former president whose four decades in office ended in November, after the army and his former political allies moved to force him out.

Photo President Xi Jinping of China at the Communist Party congress in Beijing last October.

Term limits on officeholders were included in the 1982 constitution, when lifetime tenure was abolished.

Xi, 64, is now required by the country's constitution to step down as President after two five-year terms.

At last year's party congress, Xi hailed a "new era" under his leadership and laid out his vision of a ruling party that serves as the vanguard for everything from defending national security to providing moral guidance to ordinary Chinese.

This development is on expected lines, Professor Alka Acharya of JNU said explaining that the move would be passed down to the lowest level of Communist Party units in China so that the party and the state structure is prepared to carry out this change.

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If Xi does decide to cling to power and push through endless power concentration policies, then the people of China will rue the erosion of greater liberalization that Deng ushered in.

This consolidation of power recalls the clout held by Chairman Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China who launched the tumultuous Cultural Revolution during the 1960s and '70s.

Political analysts said the absence of an apparent successor pointed to Xi's longer-term ambitions.

Joshua Wong, a pro-democracy supporter who hails from Hong Kong, said, "the era of Emperor Xi" is on its way.

He is also the Chairman of China's Central Military Commission - a title, like that of Communist Party chief, that does not have a term limit.

He has used crackdowns on corruption and calls for a revitalised party to become the most powerful Chinese leader in decades. Wang, in the end, didn't remain on the PSC-though there's still a chance that he may not actually retire.

The news has taken people by surprise.

Its mandate has been characterized, abroad, by an increasingly prominent presence of China on worldwide stage: Xi has presented itself as a defender of economic globalization and fight against climate change and has offered its country as an alternative to The isolationist tendencies of United States during era of Donald Trump.

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