Li Keqiang re-elected as Prime Minister of China for second term

Mar 19, 2018 10:24 IST
Li Keqiang re-elected as Prime Minister of China for second term

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang was on March 18, 2018 re-elected for his second five-year term by the members of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), Chinese Parliament, during its ongoing session.

Li Keqiang received 2964 votes in favour and two in against.

Appointment of Director of National Supervisory Commission

The 13th National People’s Congress also approved the appointment of Yang Xiaodu as the Director of National Supervisory Commission, the newly constituted anti-graft committee.

The Commission was constituted by merging the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and various other government anti-corruption units. It will have the power to detain suspects for up to six months without seeking court's approval.

Analysts believe that the creation of this anti-graft committee will impose party control over an increasingly intricate society and government.


Re-election of Xi Jinping as President

The re-election of Keqiang came a day after the re-election of Xi Jinping as President and also as the Chairman of Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China. While, Wang Qishan was appointed as the Vice President of China.

Traditionally, the Chinese Prime Minister is regarded as the top economic official of the country, however, President Xi has stripped Li of many of his duties by appointing himself as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China to oversee economic reform and state industry.

Earlier, Chinese Parliament removed the 2-term limit of President, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely over the country. It is feared that the indefinite rule of Xi Jinping will reinstate one-man rule in the country.


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