Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Chinese PM Li Keqiang re-elected for second five-year term

Chinese PM Li Keqiang re-elected for second five-year term

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang said he believes that Xi, as the core of the CPC Central Committee, president of China and chairman of the CMC, will lead the Chinese people to realize the goal of building a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and attractive.

China's annual parliament has appointed Xi Jinping to a second term as leader and Li Keqiang as premier, while naming a senior official to head a new anti-corruption agency.

Li, who maintained a low profile under Xi mainly looking after economy, was endorsed as premier for his second tenure.

Chinese state media also reported the message, but did not say if Xi had responded.

Xi, 64, was yesterday re-elected unanimously by 2970 deputies of the National People's Congress (NPC), days after it ratified constitutional amendment to remove the decades old two-term limit for the president and vice president posts.?

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The premier traditionally is China's top economic official, but Xi, the country's most dominant leader since Mao Zedong, has stripped Li of numerous post's most prominent duties by appointing himself to lead party bodies that oversee economic reform and state industry.

Meanwhile, on the military front, Xu Qiliang (four abstain) and Zhang Youxia (two votes against, one abstain) were endorsed as vice-chairmen of the state's Central Military Commission, which is the counterpart of the ruling Communist Party's military governing body.

The newly elected also took a solemn oath of allegiance. Xi chairs both the state and the party's military commission.

In 2007, Xi joined the central leadership as a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

In a letter addressed to Mr Xi, Mdm Halimah sent her "warmest congratulations" on his reappointment and expressed her confidence that China will "enjoy continued peace and greater prosperity" under his leadership.

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