Buhari congratulates China's President XI Jinping on re-election

Leaders of two Koreas congratulate Xi on re-election

Wang, who retired as the member of the ruling Communist Party of China's (CPC) powerful seven-member Standing Committee in October, is the first official to continue in power despite crossing the retirement age.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Xi Jinping on his re-election as the President of the People's Republic of China.

The former anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan was elected the vice president.

After stepping down past year because of his age, he has been brought back by President Xi, who has become the most powerful leader in China since Mao Zedong following the Communist Party's decision to scrap the two-term presidential time limit earlier this month.

"He will become Xi's wingman and transform a largely ceremonial position into a real seat of power", political experts were quoted as saying by Hong Kong based South China Morning Post.

His election marks a formal return of the 69-year-old to the centre stage of Chinese politics.

While Xi's reappointment was assumed, there had been some speculation about Wang. Notably, Xi received 2,969 of 2,970 votes with only one delegate's negative vote and broke his own record from the last victory.


The legislature also confirmed Wang Qishan - a well-known economic reformer who oversaw Xi's signature anti-corruption campaign - as vice-president.

Mr. Wang is widely respected-and feared-for directing the most aggressive, sustained anticorruption clampdown the party has seen in three decades.

China's capital was engulfed in a rare flurry of swirling snow on Saturday, sending delegates of the congress scurrying from the Great Hall of the People after the vote.

Lawmakers were also expected to confirm the leader of a powerful new law enforcement and ethics commission to police millions of public servants, party officials, academics, journalists and state company managers.

An "amazing" economist, he could now form a "dream team" with another member of the party leadership, Wang Yang, to deal with concerns that US President Donald Trump policies will trigger a trade war, Brown said.

Over the next two days, the congress is due to approve the head of that new anticorruption commission as well as other senior government appointments, including the posts of premier and central-bank governor.

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