Xi Jinping begins second term as China's President

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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.

After the results were announced, the new leaders each took an oath of allegiance to China's constitution, although the ceremony lacked the goose-stepping guards of honour that graced Xi's swearing in on Saturday.

18 de marzo de 2018, 08:51Beijing, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) Rulers from all continents and leaders of global organizations sent today congratulatory messages to President Xi Jinping for his re-election and wished success in his efforts to turn China into a stronger State.

Economic growth and social stability have allowed Xi to amend the constitution and carry out other moves that once seemed highly contentious, said Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese Studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London.

According to Reuters, Xi's face dominated the front pages of major Sunday newspapers, many carrying the same editorial from the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily using language once more associated with Mao Zedong to say he was a "leader loved and respected by the people" and "helmsman of the country". Xi chairs both the state and the party's military commission.

Late on Saturday, the People's Daily WeChat account went live with a game where players have 20 seconds to press the screen as many times as they can to register a "like" for all the government's achievements of the past five years - Mr Xi's first term in office. Moreover he was also re-elected as the president of the Central Military Commission, meaning he will retain the three most powerful positions in the country.

Li maintained a low profile under the Chinese president mainly looking after the country's economy as Xi consolidated power and surrounded himself with powerful aides.

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