BEIJING, March 10 (Reuters) - Xi Jinping secured a precedent-breaking third five-year term on Friday as China's president, a largely ceremonial role, as he tightens his grip as the country's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
Nearly 3,000 members of China's rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), voted unanimously in the Great Hall of the People for Xi, 69, to be president in an election where there was no other candidate.
The voting lasted for about an hour and the electronic counting was completed in about 15 minutes.
Xi also received unanimous votes for a third term as chairman of the country's Central Military Commission.
The parliament also elected Zhao Leji as the new parliament chair and Han Zheng as the new vice president. Both men were from Xi's previous team of party leaders at the Politburo Standing Committee.