UPDATE 1-China’s Communist party congress to run Oct. 16-22, will amend party constitution, spokesman

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(Adds congress will amend Communist Party structure)

BEIJING, Oct 15 (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party’s twentieth party congress will run for one week from Oct. 16-22 and will amend the party’s structure, a party spokesman mentioned on Saturday.

President Xi Jinping is poised to win a 3rd five-year time period because the party’s basic secretary on the congress in Beijing and turn into essentially the most highly effective chief since Mao Zedong.

The congress will be held within the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, opening on Sunday and concluding subsequent Saturday, party spokesman Sun Yeli informed reporters.

Sun mentioned the congress would amend the party’s structure, however he did not give any particulars.

The congress will conclude with the introduction of the subsequent Politburo Standing Committee, the elite physique that now numbers seven and that Xi has come to dominate.

The congress comes at a tumultuous time, with Xi’s adherence to his zero-COVID coverage battering the economic system, whereas his assist for Russia’s Vladimir Putin additional alienating China from the West. (Reporting by Yew Lun Tian, Writing by Martin Quin Pollard; Editing by Michael Perry)

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