China’s Communist party holds crucial meet that’ll re-elect Xi Jinping as Prez

SansadTV Bureau
File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xiamen, Sept., 2017. AP/PTI Photo

File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xiamen, Sept., 2017. AP/PTI Photo

The Communist Party of China has begun its crucial-week long Congress, that is held once in five years. The meeting will confirm a second five-year term for President Xi Jinping and elect new set of leaders.

A host of former leaders including previous Presidents, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao took part in the opening meeting.

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will also elect a new generation of leaders to work with President Xi.

The agenda for the Congress, which will conclude on October 24, was set at the preparatory meeting held on Wednesday.

The Congress will examine the work report about the progress achieved during the past five years, scrutinising report of the discipline inspection relating to the massive anti-corruption measures carried out, in which over 1.34 million party officials including some top ranking leaders were punished.

The meeting will also deliberate and adopt an amendment to the party’s Constitution. It will also elect a new Central Committee and its 19th Central Commission for discipline inspection.

President Xi presided over the preparatory meeting at the Great Hall of the People, which was attended by 2,307 party delegates and other invited delegates, CPC spokesman Tuo Zhen said.

A 22-member delegate credentials committee was approved at the meeting. A presidium of the Congress consisting of 243 members was also approved.

(With inputs from agencies)