BEIJING: Xi Jinping was elected Chinese president and chairman of Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China Saturdaymorning at the ongoing session of the 13th National People’s Congress.
President Xi Jinping was reappointed as China’s president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve.
The National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, also appointed Wang Qishan to the formerly ceremonial post of vice president.
At the Great Hall of the People, President Xi, Wang and other officials took turns stepping to the lectern to place their left hands on the constitution and raise their right fists as they delivered an oath swearing loyalty to the constitution, the motherland and the people.
While taking oath president XI recited “I swear that i will be faithful to the constitution of the peoples Republic of China Defense authority, perform duties and responsibilities. Be royal to the country and the people, be committed and honest when performing duties.and accept the people’s vision and work hard to help build a Great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong , democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful.”
Xi, 64, is considered the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong and last Sunday was given the right to continue in office indefinitely after the legislature scrapped term limits for the president and vice president.
Chinese officials defended the move saying it would bring the presidency in-line with Xi’s other two main positons of head of the ruling Communist Party and commander of the armed forces.