Top legislature accepts Jiang's resignation
China's top legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), accepted Jiang Zemin's request to resign from his remaining post as chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China on Tuesday.
Approximately 3,000 NPC deputies adopted a resolution to accept Jiang's request of resignation through vote, marking the complete retirement of Jiang, 78, who held the position for 15 years since 1990.
Jiang submitted his letter of resignation to the presidium of the current NPC annual session Friday. The presidium on Monday adopted a draft resolution to accept his request and decided to submit it to Tuesday's plenum for vote.
Prior to the vote, NPC deputies had deliberated Jiang's letter requesting resignation and the draft resolution on accepting the request in panel discussions.
Jiang became general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1989 and chairman of the Central Military Commission of the CPC in the same year. He became chairman of the state Central Military Commission in 1990.
China establishes a chairmanship of the state Central Military Commission, according to its Constitution. Late senior Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was the first chairman of the state Central Military Commission before being succeeded by Jiang Zemin.
Deng and Jiang were both chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission and state Central Military Commission since the position was established in 1982.
Jiang no longer served as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee in 2002 and president of China in 2003. He resigned from the top military post last September and was succeeded by Hu Jintao, who in 2002 was elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and in 2003, president of China.
In his letter requesting resignation last September, Jiang saidhe "had always looked forward to the complete retirement from leading positions." He proposed Hu Jintao succeed him, which was ratified by the CPC Central Committee.
The CPC Central Committee said in a communique last year that in the 15 years as he served as chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, Jiang "grasped the development trends of new military reforms in the world with his great insight" and had enriched the army building ideas.
"Under his leadership, national defense and army modernization process had achieved tremendous success," said the communique.