Chinese President Xi Jinping was today unanimously elected as a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress, the national legislature of China, from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Xi, 64, was nominated by the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party of China as a candidate for deputy to the 13th NPC, which was put to a vote at the regional congress, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The announcement of Xi’s unanimous election at the first session of the 13th regional people’s congress was welcomed with a thunderous applause, it said. Xi was among 58 deputies elected to the new NPC at northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region’s NPC session. The unanimous vote for Xi by more than 500 deputies to the regional people’s congress represents the heartfelt aspiration of more than 25 million residents in Inner Mongolia, the deputies said. It is also a vivid demonstration of the loyalty to the core of the CPC and support of the people’s leader by more than 1.3 billion Chinese from various ethnic groups, according to the deputies.
The once-in-a-five-year Congress of the CPC last October had endorsed a second five-year term for Xi, who also heads the party as general-secretary of the CPC and the military besides the presidency. Xi has become the most powerful leader after Party founder chairman Mao Zedong as his thought was included in CPC Constitution.
Meanwhile, an official announcement here said the NPC, regarded as the rubber stamp parliament, will hold its first annual session in Beijing on March 5 to discuss the Constitution revision. The NPC consisting of 2,900 deputies meets once in a year. The agenda of the session includes reviewing the government work report, examining reports on the implementation of the annual plan on national economic and social development in 2017 and the draft plan on national economic and social development in 2018, the report said.
Besides defence budget, it would also examining reports on the implementation of the central and local budgets in 2017 and the draft central and local budgets in 2018.