China’s Xi Jinping Granted Unprecedented Third Term in Office

Chinese leader Xi Jinping this week was granted an unprecedented third term in office.

The decision came after a (largely ceremonial) parliamentary meeting known as “Two Sessions.”

The yearly gathering brings together an advisory group and a legislature known as the National People’s Congress.

Xi’s first term was granted in 2013, and he abolished term limits in 2018.

He has worked overtime filling the highest government seats with loyalists, and it paid off this week.

On Friday, delegates approved a proposal that would restructure the State Council, the top executive body in the Chinese government. The currently ruling Communist Party of China will increase direct control of the government as a result.