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Saturday, March 17, 2018, 10:57
Xi Jinping unanimously elected president, CMC chairman
By Xinhua
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 10:57 By Xinhua

In this Oct 25, 2017 photo, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, who is also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, meets with delegates, specially invited delegates and non-voting participants of the 19th CPC National Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (LAN HONGGUANG / XINHUA)

BEIJING - Xi Jinping was elected Chinese president by a unanimous vote Saturday morning at the ongoing session of the 13th National People's Congress.

Xi, 64, was also elected chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People's Republic of China by a unanimous vote.

Right after the election, Xi took a public oath of allegiance to the Constitution in the Great Hall of the People.

This was the first time for a Chinese president to take such an oath upon assuming office.

PHOTO: Xi Jinping takes oath of allegiance to Constitution 

Last October, he was elected general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and appointed CMC chairman of the CPC at the first plenary session of the Party's 19th National Congress.

In 2007, Xi joined the central leadership as a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

He was first elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee in late 2012, and Chinese president and CMC chairman of the PRC in March 2013.

Wang Qishan was elected vice president of China at the annual session of the country's top legislature.

After the announcement of the election result, Wang shook hands with newly-elected president Xi amid warm applause in the Great Hall of the People.

Wang, born in July 1948, was a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC from 2012 to 2017.  

During his time as top graft-buster, Wang pushed China's campaign against corruption and violation of the Party's code of conduct, which has seen the downfall of both high-level officials and grassroots ones. 

Li Zhanshu was elected chairman of the 13th National People's Congress Standing Committee.

He is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

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Wang and Li also took the oath of allegiance to the country's Constitution upon assuming office.

Nearly 3,000 lawmakers also elected 14 vice chairpersons and the secretary general of the NPC Standing Committee.

The 14 vice chairpersons are Wang Chen, Cao Jianming, Zhang Chunxian, Shen Yueyue, Ji Bingxuan, Arken Imirbaki, Wan Exiang, Chen Zhu, Wang Dongming, Padma Choling, Ding Zhongli, Hao Mingjin, Cai Dafeng and Wu Weihua.

Yang Zhenwu was elected secretary-general of the NPC Standing Committee. 

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