China’s National People’s Congress [official website] on Sunday added supervisory commissions and announced that it will reform China’s criminal code, both measures aimed at furthering in the government’s anti-graft campaign.
During the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), the NPC amended [materials, in Mandarin] Article Three of the constitution, thereby establishing supervisory commissions [press release, which will extend committee oversight to all government employees. The NPC explained the amendments’ importance, saying that “Reform of the supervisory system aims to pool anti-corruption resources, enhance the Party’s centralized, unified leadership over the campaign against corruption and form a centralized, unified, authoritative and efficient supervisory network[.]”
The amendment was passed on Sunday along with several other amendments, including one concerning Article 79, which eliminated presidential term-limits [JURIST report], paving the way for President Xi Jinping [JURIST news archive] to remain in power indefinitely. The NPC expects to enact legislation to reform the criminal code by the end of this annual congressional session.