Xi Jinping tightens grip as China’s leader for life

Xi Jinping tightens grip as China’s leader for life, by Rowan Callick.

Xi Jinping will remain Chinese President indefinitely after 99.8 per cent of delegates to the National People’s Congress voted last night to make him the most powerful ruler since Mao Zedong.

They also backed adding his doctrine, “Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, to the constitution.

Of the 2963 who voted, two unknown delegates opposed the moves, while three abstained.

The vote was a ballot on his absolute authority, which nothing and no one in China can challenge — especially since he launched his campaign against disloyalty in the form of an anti-corruption drive. All key rivals and competing factions have been disabled.

hat-tip Stephen Neil