CPC reportedly endorsed proposals to two term limit for Xi

Vastavam web: The ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) today reportedly endorsed proposals to end two term limit for President Xi Jinping at the end of a three-day Plenum of the party.This year’s plenum assumed significance as ahead of the meeting CPC proposed to do away with the two-term limit for the President and Vice President through a constitutional amendment.Li Datong, a former editor at the state-run China Youth Daily, posted a draft letter urging Chinese legislators to vote against the move saying that it would take the country back to era of CPC founder Mao Zedong.

“It (the restriction) was the highest and most effective legal restriction meant to prevent autocracy or putting individuals above the party and the state,” he said in his letter in popular social media app, Wechat.On February 25, CPC Central Committee proposed to remove the expression that the President and Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms” from the country’s Constitution.

The move along with the host of new appointments for the top posts were expected to be announced after approved by National People s Congress (NPC).The NPC, which is China’s Parliament often termed as rubber stamp legislature for its routine endorsement of the CPC proposals, is set to meet from March 5.The planned constitutional revisions including removing the phrase about term limits for the president and vice-president “are in line with the major theoretical views and key policies made during the Communist Party s 19th congress… and reflect the new achievements, experience and demands of the party and the country’s development , the PLA Daily said in a front-page report yesterday.

The new names for various posts including Central Bank Governor, State Councillor and Foreign Minister would be announced after their approval by the NPC.The third Plenum of the CPC’s 19th Central Committee was attended by 202 CPC Central Committee members and 171 alternate members of the CPC Central Committee.