China | Party session expels four senior officials on graft charges
A man stands next to paramilitary police officers near Tiananmen Square during the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Photo: REUTERS/Jason Lee
A man stands next to paramilitary police officers near Tiananmen Square during the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Photo: REUTERS/Jason Lee

Party session expels four senior officials on graft charges

Communiqué after four-day plenum confirms decision on expulsion of four former high-flyers; party also vows to tackle corruption in promotions system

October 27, 2016 7:53 PM (UTC+8)

Decisions to expel four senior officials from the Communist Party of China were endorsed on Thursday by the sixth plenary session of the 18th Central Committee, the state news agency Xinhua reported. The actions were revealed in a communiqué issued after the four-day meeting.

Former Party chief of Liaoning province Wang Min and former Beijing deputy Party chief Lyu Xiwen were on the expulsion list. The communiqué also confirmed the expulsion of former senior military officials Fan Changmi and Niu Zhizhong. All had been charged with corruption offenses. 

Prior decisions on their expulsions had been made by the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

Also on Thursday, the party resolved to put an end to the buying and selling of official posts or vote rigging. According to Xinhua, the communiqué underscored that bargaining with party organizations to secure promotion or disobeying any decisions made by Party organizations are forbidden.

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