Beijing paving way for Xi Jinping to stay as president

State-run news agency Xinhua said the Party will remove the provision that the President and Vice President "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" from the constitution of the People's Republic of China.

National People's Congress members are elected every five years, the same as the president and vice-president.

Incumbent President Xi Jinping's first term will end sometime in March this year.

President Xi Jinping is on his way to become the pre-eminent leader of China after the removal of the two-term restriction on his post.

For Xi, what this means is that party's central committee's proposal to remove term limits will not be blocked by China's parliament, or NPC.

During the 19th National Congress, no clear successor for Xi was appointed, leading to speculation that he planned to stay in power after his two terms in office.

Xi Jinping made such an argument before the CPC Congress in October, his last Congress before re-election.

In January, protesters took to the streets to express their frustration at what they say is China's tightening grip on the territory.

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.

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Mao, the founder of Communist China and still held in god-like awe by many Chinese, died while still Communist Party chairman in 1976, having never retired.

As long as there is no definite timeline for Xi's stay in office, nobody is seen opposing him.

The CCP Central Committee is scheduled begin a three-day meeting in Beijing today to discuss major personnel appointments and other issues.

Shops sell commemorative plates and memorabilia with his image alongside Mao's and he has accumulated so many political and military titles - from president, to Central Military Commission chairman and party "core" - that he has earned the nickname "Chairman of Everything". Traditionally, Chinese leaders' powers weaken once they approach the second half of their second term, they said.

"This move is also not without risk for Xi", Howie said. If Xi were to stay on as China's leader beyond 2022, he would have to defy that tradition.

Aged 69, Wang had reached the age at which top officials tend to retire. Wang, in the end, didn't remain on the PSC-though there's still a chance that he may not actually retire.

After taking over a party general secretary, Xi has started a war against the corruption, which helped the country to improve its corruption perception ranking by Transparency International.

In one posting a user said, "Since the constitution is a law that touches on the human rights of all the people of China, as a citizen do I have any right to vote on a certain party's proposal to amend the constitution?"

  • Megan Austin