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The process that amended China's constitution was too fast to allow opposition in the Communist Party to block it. The National People's Congress approved the change on a vote of 2,958 to 2.
China People's Congress 2018

Xi's swift strike on term limits left no time for opposition

Constitutional amendment took just six months from start to finish

OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- The rapid speed at which Chinese President Xi Jinping rushed through a constitutional amendment abolishing limits on his time in office gave little time for the steep opposition from some quarters in the Communist Party to block the measure.

The National People's Congress on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to scrap a provision in the constitution limiting the president to two consecutive five-year terms, paving the way for Xi to retain his post after his second term ends in 2023. The president could remain in power for as long as he wishes, provided his hold on the party remains solid.

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