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China’s Legislature Lost 25 Members to Graft

China’s Legislature Lost 25 Members to Graft

When the nearly 3,000 members of the National People's Congress (NPC) meets in Beijing on March 5, twenty-five people who were members of China's top legislature last year will not be in  attendance. They have been kicked out for graft or are under investigation.

Response to graft

NPC members have five-year terms.  But the committee that runs the legislature between its full meetings reports that over the past year six members were ousted because they were the subject of corruption probes and 19 others resigned because they had come under suspicion.

Vow to root out corruption

China’s president and party boss, Xi Jinping, has pledged to fight corruption and to promote austerity among officials.  He said, "We must resolutely reject formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance, and resolutely fight against corruption and other misconduct in all manifestations."

Source: Caixin Online