Xi Jinping begins second term as China’s President

NEW DELHI March 18, 2018: Chinese President Xi Jinping was re-elected as the President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission with all 2,970 votes in his favour Saturday, media reports said on Sunday.

Wang Qishan, 69, a close associated of Xi who was in charge of China’s anti-corruption drive, was elected as the new Vice President at the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC).

Xi’s re-election by the NPC through a vote was largely a formality, said the reports.

On March 11, the NPC had cleared an amendment to its constitution removing the clause limiting the presidency and vice-presidency to two five-year terms. This will allow Xi to continue as president beyond his term limit of 2023.

The newly elected also took a solemn oath of allegiance. This is the first time a Chinese president has taken a public oath of allegiance to the Constitution, the fundamental law of the country, upon assuming office, said the reports.