Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

North, South Korean Presidents congratulate Chinese counterpart on re-election

North, South Korean Presidents congratulate Chinese counterpart on re-election

President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to Mr Xi Jinping to convey their congratulations on his re-appointment as President of China.

Xi was unanimously elected by the rubber stamp parliament National People's Congress (NPC) yesterday, days after it ratified a proposal to remove the two-term limit for president paving the way for him to remain in power lifelong.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he wishes that under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with Xi at the core, the Chinese people will make greater achievements in the construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.

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.

While the amendment was passed with just six dissenters - two "no" votes, three abstentions and one invalidated ballot - none of the nearly 3,000 legislators voted against Mr Xi, a point that was repeatedly made in state media coverage.

Chinese state media also reported the message, but did not say if Xi had responded.

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In a moment of high political theatre, a copy of the constitution was carried onto the main stage by three members of the armed forces.

This will allow Xi to continue as president beyond his term limit of 2023.

The social media accounts of state media expressed their support, even as comments sections were disabled or only showed positive remarks from users.

Li, who maintained a low profile under Xi mainly looking after economy, was endorsed as premier for his second tenure.

President Kenyatta, who is on a State visit to Cuba, said President Xi's re-election has fully demonstrated the strong confidence of the Chinese people in his vision and wisdom in the governance of China and global affairs.

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