10 Mar '11, 5am

China congress chief rules out multi-party system: BEIJING: China's parliament chief Thursday

China congress chief rules out multi-party system: BEIJING: China's parliament chief Thursday

BEIJING: China's parliament chief Thursday ruled out any shift to multi-party democracy in a speech that appeared to pour cold water on political reform hopes sparked by remarks from Premier Wen Jiabao last year. Wu Bangguo, who is officially number two in the country's leadership behind President Hu Jintao, said in his annual address to the legislature that abandoning the Communist Party-dominated system could lead to chaos. "If we waver... the fruits of development that we have already achieved will be lost and the country could even fall into the abyss of civil strife," Wu told the National People's Congress, which he heads. The Communist Party uses Wu's address each year to ram home the idea that only its authoritarian rule is suitable for China, but Thursday's speech follows comments by Wen last August seen by many as backing political reform. During a speech in the s...

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