China's newly appointed leader Xi vows to rule by law
BEIJING (AFP) - China's newly appointed leader Xi Jinping pledged on Tuesday to implement rule of law, in comments that appeared aimed at rising social discontent over government corruption and police brutality.
In a speech at the Great Hall of the People that marked the 30th anniversary of China's 1982 constitution, Mr Xi spoke of curbing the near-dictatorial powers of the ruling party. His comments appeared to be the strongest yet by a Chinese leader on the need for legal restraints on the party and come amid a series of graft scandals and reports of the unbridled wealth of China's top communist families.
"We must firmly establish throughout society the authority of the constitution and the law and allow the overwhelming masses to fully believe in the law," Mr Xi said in comments carried by China Central Television.
"To fully implement the constitution needs to be the sole task and the basic work in building a socialist nation ruled by law."