Asia Former China parliamentary advisory head expelled from party

Former China parliamentary advisory head expelled from party


Su Rong
Su Rong

(AA) – A former vice chairman of China’s top parliamentary advisory body has been expelled from the Communist Party of China on charges of accepting bribes in exchange for government positions, authorities announced Monday.  

Su Rong has been dismissed from all public office after the Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection discovered that he had “violated organizational and personnel disciplines and took the liberty to change official decisions, sought profits for others and accepted huge bribes in selection of officials and enterprise management by taking advantage of his post.”

State news agency Xinhua reported that in addition to abusing his power and causing “great losses” to state assets, Su had not adequately taken due responsibility in terms of clean governance.

The commission accused him of being accountable for serious corruption in China’s eastern Jiangxi province, where he had served as Party chief from 2007 to 2013.

Meanwhile, the commission also announced Monday that Si Xinliang, a former senior official in eastern Zhejiang province, was under investigation for “suspected serious discipline and law violations.”

The announcement is the latest in a series of high-profile investigations into communist cadres under President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive. 

Among those arrested has been Zhou Yongkang, the former head of China’s domestic security service, and Ma Jian, an executive deputy minister at the Ministry of State Security. 

Last month, Xinhua reported that 71,748 corrupt officials – high-level violators known locally as “tigers” and low-level “flies” – were punished in 2014 for violations of anti-corruption rules.

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