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China Focus: Two more officials downed in latest anticorruption drive

English.news.cn   2013-09-04 17:25:00            

BEIJING, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Two more senior officials at provincial level were expelled from the Party and removed from their posts for involvement in corruption, following the investigation of a ministerial official earlier this week.

Wang Suyi, former senior official of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and dismissed from public office, after being investigated for serious discipline violations, announced the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) in a statement Wednesday.

Wang was a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Committee of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and head of the United Front Work Department of the regional Party committee.

According to the CCDI investigation, Wang took advantage of his position to seek benefit for others and accepted a huge amount of money and property either personally or through his family members.

The CCDI also announced on Wednesday that Li Daqiu, former vice chairman of the Guangxi Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and former chairman of the Guangxi Federation of Trade Unions, has been expelled from the CPC and public office for breaches of discipline.

Both of them broke Party rules and were suspected of violating the criminal law, the CCDI said.

Their cases will be transferred to judicial departments.

On Tuesday, the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee said Jiang Jiemin, head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), has been removed from office because of suspected serious discipline violations, two days after officials confirmed he was being investigated.

Jiang is the first full member of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC under graft investigation.

The list of fallen officials in the latest anticorruption campaign included Liu Tienan, former deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, Li Chuncheng, then deputy Party chief in Sichuan Province and Wang Yongchun, then deputy general manager of the China National Petroleum Corporation.

In early July, former railways minister Liu Zhijun was given a suspended death penalty for taking bribery and abuse of power, making him the highest-ranking official sentenced so far for such offenses since the country's new leaders took office in March.

The CPC leadership considers corruption one of the most pressing and grave problems that the Party must solve.

Xi Jinping, Chinese President and general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, vowed to go after both "tigers" and "flies," or high-ranking and low-level corrupt officials, as well as contain political power within a "cage of regulations."

Editor: Hou Qiang
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