Xi Jinping elected as China's president for third time

Xi Jinping elected as China's president for third time

Beijing (Web Desk): China's leader Xi Jinping has been elected as President for the third time by the country's parliament.

This is unprecedented in China's history that the parliament has elected a president for the next five years.

Nearly 3,000 members of China's parliament, the National People's Congress, voted unanimously in the Great Hall of the People for Xi to be president, the Radio Pakistan reported.

The voting lasted for about an hour and the electronic counting was completed in about 15 minutes.

Over the next two days, officials approved by President Xi are set to be appointed to fill top positions in the cabinet, including premier-in-waiting Li Qiang, who is expected to be named to China’s second highest office, putting him in charge of managing the world’s second-largest economy.

Xi will make a speech on Monday before the annual parliamentary session closes, as China faces multiple challenges, including an economy hobbled by three years of COVID curbs and worsening ties between it and the West.

Meanwhile, the parliament also elected Zhao Leji, 66, as the new parliament chair and Han Zheng, 68, as the new vice president. Both men belong to Xi’s previous team of party leaders at the Politburo Standing Committee.