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Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing after the National People's Congress passed a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits.   © Reuters
China People's Congress 2018

China's Xi gets limitless presidential terms

President will have more power to push agenda but be vulnerable to policy failures

CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer

BEIJING -- China's legislature voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to amend the constitution, potentially clearing the way for President Xi Jinping to remain in office for the rest of his life and consolidate power to a degree unseen since Mao Zedong.

A total of 2,958 delegates voted to remove the two-term limit in the constitution for the state president and vice president. Only two delegates voted no, three abstained and one ballot was spoiled. The amendment vote required a two-thirds majority to pass.

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