The ongoing session of the 14th National People’s Congress of China on Friday saw President Xi Jinping re-elected for a third term, after winning an unprecedented 2952-0 votes.
President Xi Jinping becomes modern China’s longest-serving head of state, after the culmination of a remarkable rise from a relatively little-known party apparatchik to the leader of a global superpower.
The appointment comes after China’s parliament elected him as the Head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), along with becoming the Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) in October.
In an oath presented on live television, the President swore to “build a prosperous, strong, democratic, civilized, harmonious and great modern socialist country”.
Xi Jinping has been the president of the PRC since 2013 and this unanimous re-election will extend his presidency for another term. The decision to re-elect Xi Jinping was taken after a vote held at the National People’s Congress, which is the highest organ of state power in China, Xinhua reports.
Xi Jinping is widely seen as a strong and decisive leader who has been instrumental in driving China’s growth over the past decade. Under his leadership, China has made significant progress in areas such as poverty alleviation, environmental protection, and technological innovation.
The unanimous decision to re-elect Xi is a clear indication of the confidence and trust that the Chinese people have in his leadership.
However, the re-election is likely to have significant implications for the global political and economic landscape, as the world’s second-largest economy continues to emerge as a major global power.