African presidents including the heads of state of Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya congratulated the Chinese president upon his re-election, even as political analysts remarked that China’s life presidency project would be welcomed in many African countries.
Xi Jinping unanimously re-elected by the country’s parliament on Saturday, which thereafter also voted to amend the constitution to remove presidential term limits, meaning Xi can stay indefinitely.
Life presidency projects are the subject of fierce debates and violent protests in many African countries including Uganda where the ruling party recently lifted the age limit that would have prevented president Museveni from standing for a sixth straight term as president.
On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I congratulate you most sincerely on your re-election as the President of the Peoples Republic of China.
The Ugandan president was indeed one of the first African leaders to congratulate Xi Jinping and commit to continued economic and diplomatic ties.
Congratulations to Chinese President Xi Jinping & Prime Minister Li Keqiang upon their election to a second term in office. I also congratulate Wang Qishan, the new Vice President. Uganda looks to continue strengthening its diplomatic and economic ties with China.— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) March 18, 2018
Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta also touted the re-election as a demonstration of the Chinese people’s confidence in Jinping’s ‘vision and wisdom in the governance of China and international affairs’.
On behalf of the Government and the people of #Kenya?? and on my own behalf, I wish to extend my warmest congratulations to Your Excellency President Xi Jinping on your re-election as President of the People’s Republic of #China #KenyaChinaRelations https://t.co/xsFXdavn04— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) March 17, 2018
I believe the coming years will mark another milestone in the development of our bilateral relations. I look forward to working more closely with Your Excellency to push forward our Strategic Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership for further accomplishments #KenyaChinaRelations— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) March 17, 2018
The Nigerian president, in a letter, also praised the Chinese leader for his wisdom and vision.
“On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I congratulate you most sincerely on your re-election as the President of the Peoples Republic of China. Your re-election is an indication of the trust and confidence reposed in you by the people of China on your ability to bring your vision and wisdom to bear in the conduct of national and global affairs,” Buhari is quoted to have written.
Many other African and world leaders have been congratulating the Chinese leader and reaffirming their commitment to bilateral ties with the global trade superpower.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin who won the presidential polls in his country over the weekend was also congratulated by leaders including Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el – Sisi and Cameroon’s Paul Biya.