Tue 5 to Sun 17 Mar 2013

China National People's Congress session

The National People's Congress (NPC), the supreme organ of state power in China, convenes for its annual session.

During the session Xi Jinping is scheduled to be appointed as the head of state and thereby replace the 86-year-old Hu Jintao who is retiring from China's top three posts after a ten-year tenure.

It is composed of NPC deputies who are elected from 35 electoral units from the people's congresses of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. Each congress is elected for a term of five years.

The National People's Congress is the largest parliaments in the world and gathers each year along with the People's Political Consultative Conference. It carries out important national level political decisions.

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