China on Tuesday elevated the stature of President Xi Jinping by including his political ideology in the Communist Party constitution.
At the end of the pivotal 19th CPC National Congress meeting, party delegates voted unanimously on Tuesday to make “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” a guiding principle for the party, reports CNN.
The move puts Xi on par with Chairman Mao Zedong who founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
China’s previous two presidents did not had their ideas enshrined in the constitution in this way.
Earlier on Tuesday, the CPC also elected a new Central Committee, a group of around 200 members (plus some 170 substitutes) that runs the ruling party.