Xi Jinping was unanimously re-elected to a five-year term as Chinese president by the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) in the morning of March 17. Mr Xi was also voted chairman of the Central Military Commission, receiving the full measure of 2,970 votes.
At the subsequent swearing-in ceremony in the Great Hall of the People, 64 year-old Mr Xi pledged: “… to be allegiant to the constitution of the People’s Republic of China, safeguard the constitution’s authority, and fulfil the obligations given by laws.”
Furthermore: “… to be loyal to the country and its people, be committed and honest when performing duties, accept the people’s supervision, and work for a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful.”
The NPC also elected Wang Qishan as the vice-president with only one vote against him.
Mr Qishan, 69, was previously the secretary of the Communist Party of China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party’s utmost disciplinary watchdog on corruption.
He is in the frontline of Xi’s anti-corruption campaign, which netted 1.5 million officials from lower-cadre to regional leaders and generals in the past five years.