Senior legislator stresses Constitution-based governance

BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) — A senior legislator on Sunday reiterated that
the Communist Party of China (CPC) sticks to Constitution-based governance.

The Party has repeatedly stressed that it must act in accordance with the
Constitution and laws, Shen Chunyao, chairman of the Commission for
Legislative Affairs of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing
Committee, said at a press conference.A constitutional amendment was
adopted by the first session of the 13th NPC on Sunday.Shen cited Xi
Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, as saying that
leading officials should uphold rule of law, oppose rule of man, hold in
awe of the Constitution, and exercise their duty within the boundaries of
the Constitution and laws, when joining a panel discussion with NPC
deputies from Chongqing.

Explaining a revision that requires all state functionaries to take oath of
allegiance to the Constitution when assuming office, Shen said it was
introduced to educate and inspire state functionaries on their
constitutional responsibilities.An oath-taking ceremony will be arranged at
the ongoing NPC session for the newly elected or appointed leaders and
officials, he said.In addition, to improve the implementation of the
Constitution, the name of the NPC Law Committee has been changed into NPC
Constitution and Law Committee, according to Shen.