Friday 23 February 2018

China's Communists expel rising star and remove him from public office

A rising star of Chinese politics has been removed from office in a corruption probe
A rising star of Chinese politics has been removed from office in a corruption probe

Sun Zhengcai, who had been seen as a rising star in Chinese politics, has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and dismissed from public office amid a corruption investigation.

Mr Sun, the former top official in the mega-city of Chongqing, is the highest-ranking serving official to be ensnared by President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption campaign, now in its fifth year.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the party's Politburo had approved the latest actions against Mr Sun at a meeting on Friday after reviewing a report from the investigation.

That comes just three weeks before a major party congress held once every five years.

The moves clear the way for Mr Sun to be prosecuted, with a guilty verdict all but certain.

The party has said only that Mr Sun is accused of "serious violations of discipline", shorthand for corruption.

AP

Press Association

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