China's Xi Jinping takes 3rd term as president, Han Zheng elected vice president

Chinese President Xi Jinping secured his third term as head of state at the National People's Congress on Friday. His reelection allows him to remain at the top of the party, state and military.

The National People's Congress passed a constitutional amendment in 2018 that scrapped the limit of two five-year terms for president. Xi began an unprecedented third term as general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party last year. He is expected to further cement his grip on power by filling key government posts with officials close to him.

Meanwhile, Vice Premier Han Zheng is taking on the role of vice president. He was a member of the Standing Committee of the party's Political Bureau until last year's National Congress of the party.