China has removed limits of the presidential term from its constitution, thereby allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in the office indefinitely.
China’s ruling Communist Party announced the proposed amendment only last month and there was never any doubt it would pass as parliament is packed with loyal party members who would not have opposed the proposal.
The amendments also include inserting Xi’s political theory into the constitution, something that was already added to the party charter in October at the end of a party congress, a feat no other leader since Mao had managed while in office. Additionally, clauses were included to give a legal framework to a new super anti-corruption department. Xi Jinping has been confirmed his status as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago.