This procedure of secret appointment, which the Chinese communists
introduced just five years ago, may not only solve the problem of succession by
nonviolent means. It can also trigger attraction and faithful supports to the
incumbent leader during his mandate by all potential candidates for nomination
for successor. Some stability can be attained. Yet, as happened this time, an
agreement is not likely to be reached much before the last moment.
Simon Hix said...
And similar to the Roman Empire, where the Emperor nominated his successor on his deathbed - which wasn't always a harmonious transition of power, of course.
London School of Economics
Angel Gil-Ordonez said...
Gracias Josep, excelente artículo y muy interesante.
Ojalá Obama pudiera hacer lo mismo con Hillary!!