China’s Xi as third term President

Beijing, Mar. 10: Xi Jinping secured third five-year term as China’s president as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.

Nearly 3,000 members of the National People’s Congress (NPC) voted in the Great Hall of the People for Xi, 69, to be president in an election where there was no other candidate.

While the presidential role is largely ceremonial, Xi had already been re-elected by the party to chair its central military commission. He has started his third five-year term as the Chinese armed forces commander-in-chief.

The parliament also elected Zhao Leji, 66, as the new parliament chair and Han Zheng, 68, as the new vice president. Both men were from Xi’s previous team of party leaders at the Politburo Standing Committee.

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