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Chinese Communist party expels 'insatiable' statistics chief

Chinese President Xi Jinping (in photo) has?overseen a sweeping campaign to root out deeply-ingrained corruption since assuming office more than three years ago. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Beijing, China Aug 26, 2016, 01.18 PM (IST)
The former head of China's statistics bureau, responsible for calculating the country's economic figures, was expelled from the Communist party for his "superstitious activities" and for "insatiably" trading power for sex, the country's anti-corruption watchdog reported on Friday.

Wang Baoan, 52, headed the National Bureau of Statistics until January, when an inquiry began against him.

The ruling party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), its internal anti-corruption watchdog, said that Wang "completely lacks political beliefs".

He had "chronically engaged in superstitious activities, seriously violated political discipline and political rules, and in major issues has expressed views contrary to the CPC Central Committee", it said.

Another such case was that of security chief Zhou Yongkang, who was earlier sentenced to life in prison under General Secretary Xi Jinping as part of the anti-graft campaign.

The CCDI statement said that Wang was "morally bankrupt" and his offences included frequenting luxury hotels, indulging in expensive entertainment, and exploiting his position for sexual favours.

Wang was deputy finance minister from 2012 to April 2015, when he took up the post of statistics bureau chief.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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