Xi’s power grab? Will of the Chinese people, say parliamentary delegates

Xi’s power grab? Will of the Chinese people, say parliamentary delegatesBy Philip Wen BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s decision to lift presidential term limits, which will allow Xi Jinping to remain the nation’s leader indefinitely, was met with gushing enthusiasm by delegates gathered for the annual meeting of the nation’s parliament that started Monday. Critics on social media may have attacked the move and drawn parallels to North Korea or suggested a Chairman Mao-type cult of personality was forming, but the party loyalists who attend this gathering say the decision is popular with ordinary Chinese people and asserted that China was lucky to have a leader of President Xi’s caliber. The ruling Communist Party’s decision late last month to remove the two-term limit sets the stage for Xi to extend his power, and is set to be ratified with a constitutional amendment during the two-week parliamentary session.


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