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Four Chinese officials removed from legislature for alleged corruption

Four Chinese officials removed from legislature for alleged corruption

China removed four officials accused of corruption from its legislature Thursday, the official Xinhua News Agency said, apparently signaling the ruling Communist Party's resolve to battle the widespread problem.
Chen Liangyu, a former party boss of Shanghai who has been jailed and is awaiting trial on corruption charges, was stripped of his last official post as a deputy to the National People's Congress, Xinhua said.
Chen was kicked out of the party last month and fired from all government positions after he was dismissed as Shanghai party secretary in 2006.
He is the highest-level Chinese official to be dismissed in a decade. His ouster reflects the ruling Communist Party's push to crack down on deeply rooted corruption ahead of a major, twice-a-decade meeting of party leaders in October.
While the legislature is dominated by the party and is largely powerless, it is considered an honor to be a delegate and the annual meetings provide a stage for unveiling government policies.
Also kicked out of the People's Congress were Duan Yihe, head of the city council in Shandong's capital, Jinan; Sun Shengchang, a former mayor in northeast China's Heilongjiang province; and Bao Jianmin, former director of the Henan Provincial Bureau of Quality Supervision, Xinhua said.
Chen is at the center of a high-profile scandal in Shanghai in which US$400 million (


Updated : 2021-06-20 05:01 GMT+08:00