BEIJING- The communist party’s plan to have President Xi Jinpinga to remain in office indefinitely has sparked social media backlash, as the decision has drawn comparison to the current North Korea ruling leadership, the removing the limit of a two term president that could have a president indefinitely.
Hong Kong pro democracy activists have the said the possible move, would create a dictator.
Late on Sunday, as the news spread reaction was largely negative, as the Chinese government went full swing propaganda push on Monday by blocking some articles, and publishing their own articles praising the communist party.
The proposal is to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office, meaning that Xi could be president until he chooses to retire.
The social media reaction from Chinese sites such as Weibo, “Argh, we’re going to become North Korea,” wrote one user, where the Kim dynasty has ruled since the late 1940s. Kim Il Sung founded North Korea in 1948 and his family has ruled it ever since.
“We’re following the example of our neighbor,’ wrote another user.
The comments were removed late on Sunday evening after Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, began blocking the search term “two term limit”.
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