BEIJING (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping is set to be given a historic third term in charge of China on October 23, he revealed on Saturday, after a spokesman confirmed that the 20th Communist Party Congress would end the day before.
About 2,300 party delegates from each province will gather at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing from Sunday for the mostly closed-door conclave to approve the country’s next leadership composition.
The five-year discussion workshop will start at 10 a.m. (0200 GMT) with an opening ceremony, after which Xi is expected to deliver a lengthy speech that will provide an assessment of the previous term as well as a roadmap for the next five years.
If all goes as planned, after the week-long meeting Xi, 69, will be reconfirmed as party general secretary, cementing his position as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
At the highly choreographed conclave, the 2,296 attendees will also choose members of the party’s Central Committee, made up of around 200 members, which in turn selects the 25-person Politburo and its all-powerful Standing Committee – the highest governing body of the country.
The day after the Congress closes, the new Standing Committee – currently a seven-man group including General Secretary Xi – is expected to be unveiled, if this year follows the same convention as previous Congresses.