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Sign here, Mr. President: China's Xi completes rise to the top

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A delegate gets the newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and incoming Premier Li Keqiang, right, to sign autographs after the election of the new president on March 14, 2013 in Beijing.

Reuters reports — China's parliament formally elected heir-in-waiting Xi Jinping president on Thursday, completing the country's second orderly political succession since the Communist Party took power in 1949.

The largely rubber-stamp National People's Congress chose Xi in a tightly scripted ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing, putting the final seal of approval on a generational transition of power.

There was virtually no opposition among the carefully selected legislators to Xi becoming president. Xi drew just one no vote and three abstentions from the almost 3,000 delegates. Read the full story.

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China's newly-elected President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with former President Hu Jintao, left, as other delegates clap during the fourth plenary meeting of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on March 14, 2013 in Beijing.

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