Chinese municipal legislator investigated for graft

by Reuters
Saturday, 3 May 2014 06:21 GMT

BEIJING, May 3 (Reuters) - A legislator in the Chinese city of Chongqing is under investigation for graft, the ruling Communist Party's top anti-graft body said on Saturday.

Tan Xiwei, deputy director of Chongqing's People's Congress Standing Committee, is suspected of "serious violation of discipline and laws," which is Party parlance for engaging in corrupt activities. The party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection made the announcement on its website.

Tan is the latest official to fall in China's fight against graft. President Xi Jinping has made tackling widespread corruption a central goal of his administration, saying that the problem could threaten Communist Party rule.

Chongqing was once run by Bo Xilai, a former high-flying politician who has been jailed for life last year for a range of crimes including corruption. (Reporting By Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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