China Expected to Abandon Presidential Term Limits

By Aishwarya Rai, International News Editor

On February 25, China’s Communist Party (CCP) proposed to amend China’s constitution to break the president’s limit of a maximum of two 5-year terms in office. This would allow the country’s president, Xi Jinping, to serve a third term, according to CNN.

Should this go into effect, Xi will be able to serve indefinitely. This proposition will have to be ratified in March by the National People’s Congress (NPC) first, although most believe this is just a formality.

Recently, many propositions to change the country’s constitution have been offered; In December 2017, analysts predicted the addition of a National Supervision Commission, a country-wide anti-corruption task force. This was the first plan to change the constitution since 2004. Additionally, the CCP also proposed adding “Xi Jinping Thought” to the document in January of this year, to be held in regard along side Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought.

Suspicions of Xi’s intentions had been around as early as October, when some experts predicted that he would want to stay past the constitutional term-limits after he did not unveil an obvious successor, breaking an “unwritten rule” as president, according to CNN.

The main goal behind this amendment’s proposal is to ensure stability.
Xi has seen the country through much turmoil and has presented campaigns against corruption, labelling him as one of the most powerful Chinese leaders thus far.

It is unsure whether this amendment will lead to Xi serving a life-term in office, although some already predict he will, calling him the “new emperor.”

 

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 27th print edition.

Contact Aishwarya at

aishwarya.rai@student.shu.edu

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