China proposes removal of two-term limit for president

Central Committee calls for inserting 'Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism' into the constitution, reports Chinese agency

Reuters February 25, 2018
China's President Xi Jinping claps after his speech as he and other new Politburo Standing Committee members meet with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING: China's Central Committee proposed on Sunday to remove a limit of two consecutive terms for the president and vice president, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The committee proposed removing the clause "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" from the constitution, Xinhua reported.

The Central Committee also proposed inserting "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" into the constitution, Xinhua said in a separate statement, referring to President Xi.

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