Senior China party member Liu sacked

AFP-JIJI

The ruling Communist Party has sacked a top government official, state media reported Tuesday, following a probe into graft allegations that emerged on the Internet.

Liu Tienan, deputy director of the powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), was dismissed, the official Xinhua news agency said, quoting a statement from the party’s Organization Department.

Citing the statement, Xinhua said the decision to fire him “was made because of Liu’s suspected involvement in serious disciplinary violations,” a euphemism for corruption in China.

Besides his position as deputy director, Liu was also a member of a senior group of party officials at the NDRC. Xinhua did not specify from which post he was dismissed, but Liu is no longer listed as deputy director on the NDRC’s website.

State media reported on Sunday that Liu, 58, was being investigated by the Communist Party organ tasked with probing corruption and other malpractice by party members.