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The Constancy Of Change – This Is World News In Focus


China: The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China has proposed to remove the limit on tenure of the president and vice-president, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, is expected to approve the change to the constitution during its plenary session this month.

The change will allow the incumbent President Xi Jinping, who is already the Party’s Secretary-General and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission (which has no limit in tenure), to remain in the top position indefinitely.

The Chinese constitution now provides that the term of office of the President and Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China is the same as that of the National People’s Congress (which is five years), and they shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.

President Xi was elected to the position in 2013, and without the change to the constitution, would have to step down in 2023.

The term limits were introduced in the 1982 Constitution, and have served as a formal mechanism for transferring power within the Chinese Communist Party.  The proposed constitutional change will be a major shift in this tradition.

For more we go to CBS News:


South Africa: Can the government of South Africa seize the land of white farmers without paying them a penny? No, but the question will be on the table, after the country’s parliament voted to look into amending its constitution last Tuesday (Feb. 27).

The motion, passed by a majority vote of 241 against 83, opens the door to whether the government could expropriate land without any financial compensation.

The proposal was put forward by the radical left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party.  Its radical Marxist leader Julius Malema justifies the constitutional change as it would “restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”

According to a 2017 South African government survey, white people owned 72 percent of the country’s agricultural land.

Both the ruling African National Congress and Cyril Ramaphosa, the newly inaugurated South Africa president, would like to look into the merits of land transfer, according to reports.

But the opposition, the Democratic Alliance party, argues that such an amendment would undermine property rights and deter investors.

For more we go to SABC:


Business: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s plan to sell 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets to Disney may be thwarted by rival Comcast.

Fox owns 39% of Sky, Britain’s premier subscription-TV broadcaster.  Its recent bid to buy the rest of Sky’s stakes has been held up by regulatory issues.

Comcast, a broadcasting and cable television giant with a market worth of $184 billion, made a more generous offer to Sky’s shareholders.

Comcast is offering GBP12.5 a share, GBP 1.75 more than the GBP 10.75 a share Murdoch is willing to pay. If the deal is closed, Murdoch’s sale cannot proceed.

Comcast owns NBC and Universal Pictures which operates many production companies, including Carnival Films which made the popular TV series, Downton Abbey.

For more we go to CNBC:


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