China’s parliament on Sunday cancelled tenure limit, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely. Nearly 3,000 delegates cast their votes at the National People’s Congress in favour of tenure abrogation, which effectively repealed the country’s 1982 constitution that placed two consecutive five-year terms for the president. The CNN reported that out of 2,964 ballots, just two delegates voted against the move and three abstained.
The 64-year-old Xi, who is hailed as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, last week endorsed the proposed constitutional changes, calling them a reflection of the “common will of the party and the people.”
Xi Jinping is currently the general secretary of the Communist Party of China and president of the Republic. In 2016, the party officially gave him the title of “core leader”. Xi was governor of Fujian from 1999 to 200. He joined the Politburo Standing Committee and central secretariat of the Communist Party in October 2007; he became vice chairman of the Central Military Commission from 2010 to 2012. He is known for his anti-corruption fight, which has seen the downfall of prominent incumbent and retired officials