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China Communist Party proposes constitutional amendment to extend presidential term

[JURIST] The Communist Party of China (CCP) [party website] Central Committee on Sunday announced [Xinhua report] plans to abolish the presidential term limits, which would permit President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely.

The CCP proposed removing Article 79 from China's constitution [text], which states "[t]he term of office of the President and Vice-President of the People's Republic of China ... shall serve no more than two consecutive terms." The CCP also proposed inserting Xi's official ideological framework entitled "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" [text] into the constitution, which has already been adopted in the CPC Constitution [text].

The proposal will be considered by the National People's Congress [official website] in March.

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