China: Xi Jinping is all set to become country’s leader-for-life

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China: Xi Jinping is all set to become country’s leader-for-life

In China, Xi Jinping is all set to become the country's leader-for-life, as Parliament prepares to amend today the Constitution to remove decades old two-term limit for the President and the Vice President.  The seven-member Standing Committee - the top most body of the ruling Communist Party of China - unanimously approved the amendment, ahead of the vote by about 3,000 deputies in the National People's Congress (NPC) - China's legislature. NPC Chairman Zhang Dejiang said, the Standing Committee approves and supports amending Constitution.

The term limits were being followed by the party leaders for over two decades to avert a dictatorship on the lines of party founder Chairman Mao Zedong and to ensure collective leadership in the one-party state. The constitutional amendment will remove the hurdle for Mr Jinping to become leader of China for life. He is currently in his second five-year term and due to retire in 2023 under the current two term system.