Vastavam Web: President Xi Jinping today underlined the overall supremacy of the ruling Communist Party in China and demanded that the two-million strong military and government institutions work under its leadership.Xi has been re-elected for a five-year second term. He is expected to continue to be in power as the head of the party, the military and the presidency for life, as the National People’s Congress (NPC) ratified a constitutional amendment, removing the two-term limit for the president and vice president.Over 1.5 million Chinese officials, including over 100 ministers, were punished in the massive anti-corruption drive carried out by Xi in the last five years which also enabled him to consolidate his power.
The NPC has formally ended its 18-day annual session, widely regarded by observers as historic as it formally removed the two-term limit for 64-year-old Xi changing China’s one-party system virtually into a one-leader state.China is a rare country in the world where the military works under the ruling party and not under the government.
Expressing his gratitude for the trust placed on him by all deputies and Chinese people, Xi said “It is a glorious mission and weighty responsibility to take on this great position of the President of the People’s Republic of China”.”I will, as always, faithfully fulfil my responsibilities empowered by the Constitution, be loyal to the motherland and the people, perform my duty scrupulously, do all my best, be diligent at work, and stay devoted and dedicated,” he said.
“No matter how high a position one holds, all personnel of state organs should keep firmly in mind that our republic is the People’s Republic of China,” Xi noted.Praising Chinese people’s history, “the endeavour of the Chinese people has led to a tremendous transformation of the Chinese nation: it has stood up, grown rich, and is becoming strong! ” “Today, the creativity of the Chinese people is being unleashed to an extent like never before, which has been enabling our country to develop rapidly and stride forward at the forefront of the world,” he said.