Chief of Guangzhou fired after corruption probe

2014-06-30 13:13
Wan Qingliang. (File, AFP)

Wan Qingliang. (File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Beijing - China has dismissed the Communist chief of the metropolis of Guangzhou from his post, media said on Monday, after a corruption probe was launched.

Wan Qingliang was removed as Guangzhou's Communist Party secretary, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing authorities, just three days after Beijing announced he was being probed for "serious violations of discipline".

The term is usually a reference to graft.

"Wan Qingliang was dismissed from his post," Xinhua said on Monday, citing the ruling party's secretive Organisation Department, which does not have a website.

As Guangzhou's Communist Party secretary, Wan ranks above the mayor and is the most senior official of the top-tier city, the capital of the southern province of Guangdong, which neighbours Hong Kong.

The post has in the past been a stepping stone to higher office. Wan holds vice-ministerial rank and is one of 171 alternate members of the ruling party's 205-strong Central Committee.

Anti-graft campaign

In China, corruption suspects who are dismissed from their positions are usually later expelled from the party as a prelude to criminal prosecution, but the time-scale can be variable.

Communist Party authorities have been waging a much-publicised anti-graft campaign since President Xi Jinping ascended to the leadership 18 months ago.

But critics say no systemic reforms have been introduced to increase transparency to help battle endemic corruption.

A commentary in the state-run Global Times on Monday said the Wan case "further intensified people's concerns about the degeneration of China's government officials".

But the article, under the headline "Keep faith in the nation's anti-graft campaign", said the growth of official corruption "doesn't mean the country's system is facing a major crisis".

"China's national pathway to prosperity and the fundamental political system remain firmly established, and the Chinese economic momentum still continues," it said.

Read more on:    china
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Sport
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Hold onto your money. Don`t make rash decisions. Today is not a good day to gamble or take an impulsive risk. Someone may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.