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Communist Party sacks senior northern officials

TWO senior officials were sacked by the Communist Party of China yesterday after they were reported to be under investigation for "serious breach of Party discipline" a week ago.

Song Yong, deputy director of northeastern China's Liaoning Provincial People's Congress, and Li Tangtang, vice director of the government office in northwestern China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, are still under investigation, according to Xinhua news agency.

Song's wife and younger brother have been under investigation since the middle of the year, according to Caijing Magazine. Song was barred from traveling and was placed under "double designation" status during the National Day holiday.

"Double designation" means a Party member is requested to answer questions at a designated place and time, according to Gan Yisheng, secretary-general of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Li, 55, was reprimanded in 2007 for illegally soliciting recommendations to help his promotion in Shaanxi Province. He was sent to his present position in 2008.

Since August, several former provincial and ministerial officials have been expelled from the Party and found guilty of corruption, including a former vice president of the Supreme People's Court, Huang Songyou, and a former top political adviser of Guangdong Province, Chen Shaoji.


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