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Former Communist Party chief of Liaoning province expelled over alleged election graft

Former Liaoning provincial Communist Party chief Wang Min has been kicked out of the party and sacked from his public posts, Xinhua reported, citing his responsibility for corruption in the northeastern province’s local elections and open violation of frugality rules.

Wang, 66 and who had a long stint in coastal Jiangsu province, will also face prosecution for alleged graft.

Xinhua said Wang should bear direct and principle responsibility for corruption among Liaoning officials who illegally solicited support during local reshuffles of positions.

Wang was also accused of raising inappropriate questions over frugality rules and even breaking them himself. He was said to have obstructed an internal investigation into his actions.

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Two former senior Liaoning officials – provincial security chief Su Hongzhang and deputy head of provincial legislature Wang Yang – were also accused of arranging bribes in exchange for votes in the past two months.

Wang Min became a deputy chairman of the national legislature’s committee on education and science after he stepped down as Liaoning party chief last year. He was placed under investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on the eve of the opening of the annual National People’s Congress in March.

Wang was named acting governor of the northeastern agricultural province of Jilin in late 2004, after serving as the party boss of Suzhou in Jiangsu province for 2 ½ years. He is generally regarded as a key member of the so-called Jiangsu Gang.

He was promoted to party secretary of Jilin in late 2006 before being made party chief of neighbouring Liaoning province three years later.

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