China announces measures to aid in anti-graft campaign

China’s National People’s Congress on Sunday added supervisory commissions and announced that it will reform China’s criminal code, both measures aimed at furthering in the government’s anti-graft campaign.

During the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), the NPC amended Article Three of the constitution, thereby establishing supervisory commissions [press release, which will extend committee oversight to all government employees. The NPC explained the amendments’ importance, saying that “Reform of the supervisory system aims to pool anti-corruption resources, enhance the Party’s centralized, unified leadership over the campaign against corruption and form a centralized, unified, authoritative and efficient supervisory network[.]”

The amendment was passed on Sunday along with several other amendments, including one concerning Article 79, which eliminated presidential term-limits , paving the way for President Xi Jinping  to remain in power indefinitely. The NPC expects to enact legislation to reform the criminal code by the end of this annual congressional session.

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