China’s President Xi Jinping secures record-breaking third term in power

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According to the South China Morning Post, Mr Xi is set to promote a new team to China’s highest decision-making body.

Together with ideology tsar Wang Huning, 67, and anti-corruption chief Zhao Leji, 65, they will form the new Politburo Standing Committee.

All allegedly have a close allegiance with Mr Xi.

The announcement of Mr Xi’s historic third term comes after a week-long political meeting, 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China, eliminated key rivals.

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This event takes place once every five years with the central purpose of choosing the people who will take on the top leadership roles for the next five years.

Shanghai Communist Party chief Li Qiang trailed after Mr Xi onto the stage at the Great Hall of the People upon the historic news, suggesting to some he is likely to succeed Li Keqiang as premier when he retires in March, reports claim.

Having ruled for a decade already, Mr Xi’s victory today means that he will stay on for at least another five-year term.

This break in tradition has made the President the most powerful leader in China since Chairman Mao.



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