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Chinese parliament re-elects Xi as president

The Chinese parliament has unanimously re-elected incumbent Xi Jinping as the country’s president with no constitutional limits on the number of terms he can potentially serve.

The National People’s Congress officially confirmed Xi for a second term on Saturday after Chinese lawmakers last week passed a constitutional amendment that removed the presidential term limits and allowed China’s incumbent president to potentially remain in office indefinitely.

The parliament also appointed Xi’s close ally and his former anti-corruption enforcer, Wang Qishan, to the post of vice president.

Xi received a standing ovation from the legislature after winning almost every one of the 2,970 votes. Only one delegate voted against Wang’s appointment.

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The incumbent Chinese president reportedly aims to expand his years-long campaign against corruption within the ruling party through the creation of a new National Supervisory Commission.

At the frontline of Xi’s anti-corruption crusade, Wang headed the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, punishing 1.5 million officials in the past five years, from low-level cadres to local leaders and generals.

The 69-year-old stepped down from the Communist Party’s ruling council in October last year.

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