XINHUA (China), ABC (Australia)
BEIJING – China’s annual parliamentary session formally appointed Xi Jinping as the country’s president for the next ten years on Thursday.
The vote at the annual National People’s Congress only drew one “no” vote and three abstentions amongst nearly 3,000 delegates, reports ABC. The NPC is largely considered a “rubber stamp” parliament.
"I announce comrade Xi Jinping is selected as president of the People's Republic of China," said Liu Yunshan, a top official of the ruling party who chaired the electoral session at the National People's Congress in Beijing.
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Xi Jinping. DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
Xi, 59, who was named general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in November, was also elected chairman of the Central Military Commission on Thursday, reports Xinhua.