A record-breaking third five-year term for President Xi Jinping was approved by the Chinese Parliament on Friday, March 10, 2023.
In October last year, “the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) once in a five-year Congress” re-elected Mr. Xi, 69, as its leader. He is the first Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, the party’s founder, to hold the position for longer than the two five-year terms.
The “National People’s Congress (NPC),” China’s legislature known as the “rubber stamp parliament” due to its mechanical and routine support of CPC policies, ratified Xi’s third term on Friday along predicted party lines. Most people anticipate that Xi will hold onto her position of power forever.
In addition to electing new leaders for all of the CPC’s main policy committees, the CPC’s most recent Congress in October also saw him chosen as the party’s general secretary.
The annual meeting of the NPC this year is viewed as important since it marks the beginning of a once every ten years change in the Premier, who oversees the State Council, the country’s central cabinet.
The NPC session this year will mark the conclusion of current Premier Li Keqiang’s term. On Saturday, the NPC is anticipated to nominate Li Qiang, a close ally of Xi, to succeed him.
The CPC Plenum, which was presided over by Xi a few weeks ago, gave its approval to all of the names of the new administration. An ordinary formality, the NPC approval. On March 13, the final day of this year’s annual NPC session, the new minister will make a statement at the annual press conference.