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Nanjing mayor out in graft crackdown

AFP-JIJI, AP

The mayor of the Chinese city of Nanjing has been removed from his post for corruption, state media said Saturday, the latest official to fall foul of a crackdown on graft.

Ji Jianye was fired for “suspected serious disciplinary violations,” Xinhua News Agency said, using a term that typically refers to the corruption that has become endemic in China.

The decision was made by the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

A Communist Party body that investigates corruption said Thursday that Ji was suspected of serious violations of party discipline and the law.

A state-backed 21st Century Business Herald, said he was investigated over economic corruption and construction projects. It quoted sources as saying Ji awarded projects to a company he had ties with.

Elsewhere, the elite Peking University School of Economics decided to dismiss professor Xia Yeliang, an outspoken economist and free-speech champion, Xia said Friday.