New Delhi: A bizarre incident was seen in the closing ceremony of the Communist Party Congress. Here the former President of China Hu Jintao was unexpectedly led out from the event.
Ex-president Hu Jintao, 79 looked frail in the video shot by AFP’s correspondent. He was sitting next to the President Xi Jinping in the front row, among the members of the Politburo Standing Committee.
Here is the video by AFP's @LeoRamirezAFP showing the moment when former Chinese president Hu Jintao was unexpectedly led out of Saturday's closing ceremony of the Communist Party Congresshttps://t.co/UJ0TlyPnD4
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Steward clutches Jintao Hu to lead him out
After speaking with the stewards, he had brief discussions with Premier Li Keqiang and Xi. The former president was led out of the hall by a steward who was clutching his arm.
As he walked away, Hu stroked Li’s shoulder. He didn’t give any reason for leaving. Hu, who retired in 2013, showed up at the Congress’ opening on Sunday with all-grey hair.
Xi Jinping claims unprecedented third term
The reaffirmation of Xi, 69, as the Party’s General Secretary this weekend is widely anticipated, opening the door for him to win an unprecedented third term as Chinese president in March.
Without providing a complete roster of members, state media outlet Xinhua stated that just after 11 a.m. on Saturday, the new Central Committee of about 200 top Party leaders was chosen.