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China's parliament approves constitutional amendment removing term limits for presidency

Reuters , Sunday 11 Mar 2018
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The results of the vote on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits is seen on a giant screen, at the third plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 11, 2018 (Photo: Reuters)
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China's largely rubber stamp parliament on Sunday passed a constitutional amendment that removes presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely.

The announcement of the vote, witnessed by reporters in the Great Hall of the People, passed with two "no" votes and three abstentions among almost 3,000 delegates.

China's ruling Communist Party proposed the amendment 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. 

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