Chinese President Xi Jinping has been given a second term as President by China’s ruling Communist Party.
64-year-old Xi’s second term was endorsed at the end of its week-long once-in-a-five-year Congress. The conference was attended by over 2,350 delegates ended at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of power of China’s Communist leadership.
Xi along with Premier Li Keqiang, 62, ranked number one and two in the Communist Party of China’s hierarchy, would continue based on two five year tenure convention for top leaders. Xi and Li took over power in 2012 and are set to continue till 2022.
Xi also is set to have his own ideological thought enshrined in the CPC Constitution, elevating him to the same political league as Mao and Deng.
Five new members will be elected to the seven member Standing Committee of the party which rules the country.
The new seven-member committee may retain balance of power among various factions within the party though Xi may still remain powerful with the induction of some of his close associates into the Standing Committee, the reports said.
Xi, regarded as the most powerful Chinese leader in recent times heading the party, presidency and the military too is expected to retire by 2022 after his second term. But speculation is rife that he would break that retirement age convention and may continue for a third term considering his powerful stature in the party, equalling that of the party founder Mao Zedong and his successor Deng Xiaoping.
As China enters a new era, the CPC must write a new chapter of 21st century Marxism with a broader vision to achieve the goals set at the milestone Congress, Chen Shuguang, a professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee told state-run Xinhua news agency.
Former Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin also had their own ideologies incorporated in the Constitution. But unlike Mao and Deng their names were not included.
The 19th Congress of the CPC which ended on Tuesday will make great contribution to the world thanks to the concepts mentioned in a key report to the congress, Xinhua quoted analysts as saying.
(With inputs from agencies)