China’s Communist part, on Sunday announced a proposal to remove a constitutional clause that if often cited for limiting presidential service to just two terms in office. Meaning, President Xi Jinping could stay in the office indefinitely because, for now, he has almost completed his two terms, and will soon be asked to step down from the presidential seat. However, he is going to be elected as a president again on March 5 2018. He can still retain his position as the party and military chief, although 10 year term is usually the limit.
The state news agency Xinhua gave the following statement, “The Communist Party of in China Central Committee proposed to remove the expression that the President and Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China ‘shall serve no more than two consecutive terms’ from the country’s Constitution.”
It is purposely vague but states that the decision was made by the central committee, which holds the most power in the government.
The news has taken people by surprise. There has been another proposition, of “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”. But any changes in the constitution should first be approved by the parliament. But, in this case, the party has members who have sworn their loyalty, so there won’t be much problem to pass it.