China`s Communist Party sacks tainted leader

China`s ruling Communist Party on Wednesday sacked a tainted top cadre and formally removed him as mayor of Shenzhen, the country`s first SEZ.

Beijing: China`s ruling Communist Party
on Wednesday sacked a tainted top cadre and formally removed him as
mayor of Shenzhen, the country`s first SEZ.

Xu Zongheng has been formally sacked as mayor of south
China`s booming city of Shenzhen for taking bribes and other
abuses, the Communist Party of China (CPC)`s disciplinary
watchdog announced here.
55-year-old Xu was removed from his official post and
stripped of his CPC membership for "severe violation" of
discipline and the law, said a statement from the CPC Central
Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

Despite a high-profile campaign by the CPC and the
Chinese government, corruption among officials remains
widespread.

A CCDI investigation found Xu had abused his office to
make profits for others, accepted large amounts of money in
return, and led a "corrupt life," the official Xinhua news
agency quoted the statement as saying.

Xu, who became mayor of Shenzhen, China`s first Special
Economic Zone (SEZ) in 2005, was stripped of his post as
deputy to the National People`s Congress, the national
legislature, in August last year.

In June, China had issued new anti-corruption rules which
require government workers to report their investments,
incomes and assets.
Officials must now also give the financial details of
family members and any change in their personal status.

Corruption is a major worry for China`s leaders, who are
seriously concerned that public anger at levels of corruption
is undermining support for the Communist Party, which has
monopolised power in the country since it was founded in 1949.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is also the General
Secretary of the CPC has said fighting corruption is a matter
of life and death for the party.

PTI

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