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CPC to Severely Punish Discipline Violators

The Organization Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has called for severe punishment of party officials who violate party discipline and the law.

In a circular issued Monday, the Organization Department publicized three party discipline violation cases.

Gan Weiren, former deputy secretary general of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government, offered 270,000 yuan (about 32,000 US dollars) to Cheng Kejie, former chairman of the Guangxi regional government via Li Ping, mistress of Cheng, between 1994 and 1997 as a bribe to secure his promotion.

At the recommendation of Cheng, Gan was promoted head of Tieshangang District, and later deputy secretary general of the regional government.

Gan Weiren was expelled from the party in April, 2000, and sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment for offering bribes in November 2000.

Liu Xiutian, former secretary of the CPC Pingshan County Party Committee, Hebei province, took bribes valued at 416,400 yuan ( about 50,000 US dollars) to help promote others as officials while holding the post.

Liu was expelled from the Party in September, 2000, and the case is now being handled by the local judicial department.

Jiang Jianzhong, deputy head of Jixian County, Shanxi Province, gave 39 deputies to the local people's congress 500 yuan (60 dollars) each to ask them to vote for him as head of the county.

Jiang was expeled from the Party, and the local judicial department is now handling his case.

The circular urges a severe crackdown on corruption in appointing party officials, and calls on party organizations at various levels and personnel departments to severely punish discipline violators.

The circular also calls for effective supervision of official appointments, and welcomed the reporting of corruption cases.

(Xinhua News Agency 08/07/2001)

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