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China abolishes presidential term limits

China on Sunday abolished presidential term limits from its constitution, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to remain in office for an unrestricted amount of time. 

Only two of 2,964 votes were cast against the change. 

The move would make Xi the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, who died in 1976. 

Xi was due to step down from his post in 2023. 

The proposal, which was announced last month, has sparked concerns that the lack of limits could lead to an increase in authoritarian rule. 

A parliamentary official, however, downplayed those concerns when speaking to reporters on Saturday. 

“As for the assumptions, conjecture and stretched situations in your question, I think that does not exist,” Shen Chunyao said, according to Reuters. 

President Trump joked about the proposal earlier this month, suggesting that maybe the U.S. would “give that a shot someday.”

“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Trump said, referring to Xi. 

“And look, he was able to do that,” he added. “I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday.”

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