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China's parliament re-elects Xi Jinping as president

Amendment means Xi can stay indefinitely

Chinese President Xi Jinping walks to take an oath, after he is voted as the president for another term, at the fifth plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Chinese President Xi Jinping walks to take an oath, after he is voted as the president for another term, at the fifth plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee

BEIJING — China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping as the country’s president.

The vote was witnessed by journalists inside central Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

The legislature is packed with delegates loyal to the ruling Communist Party meaning Xi’s re-election was never in doubt. On Sunday parliament voted to amend the constitution to remove presidential term limits, meaning Xi can stay indefinitely.

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