Politics | Two votes against, three abstentions: Xi secures power in perpetuity

Two votes against, three abstentions: Xi secures power in perpetuity

China's rubber-stamp parliament passes a constitutional amendment removing presidential term limits – thereby giving Xi Jinping almost total authority

March 11, 2018 5:37 PM (UTC+8)
Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on after dropping his ballot during a vote on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, at the third plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 11, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Jason Lee
Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on after dropping his ballot during a vote on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, at the third plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 11, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Jason Lee
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