World leaders congratulate President Xi Jinping on his election

Leaders from around the world have been sending their congratulations on the election of Xi Jinping as president of China.

Xi Jinping was elected Chinese president by a unanimous vote Saturday morning at the ongoing session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC).

Thunderous applause reverberated in the Great Hall of the People when the election result was announced.

Swearing solemnly to the country and its people the 64-year-old leader and his colleagues took an oath of allegiance to the Constitution.

“I swear loyalty to China’s Constitution, to uphold its authority, fulfill my legal responsibilities and be loyal to the country and its people. I will accept public supervision, be dedicated in my work, have integrity and always work in the public interest. I will strive to help build a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful,” he said.

World leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistan’s Mamnoon Hussain, South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, Cameroon’s Paul Biya, Namibia’s Hage Geingob, Austrian Alexander Van der Bellen, and Japanese Emperor Akihito all sent their congratulatory messages to President Xi, wishing him well in his new mandate.