Ally of China's former security tsar resigns as lawmaker, may face criminal charges
BEIJING (REUTERS) - A former vice-minister of public security and ally of China's retired domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, has resigned from his position as a national lawmaker, state media said, possibly opening the way for criminal charges against him.
Mr Li Dongsheng was formally sacked this week after being suspended last December for suspected "serious discipline violations", a term normally used to refer to corruption.
The news comes as speculation intensifies about Mr Zhou, one of the most powerful politicians of the last decade.
China's parliament - whose annual session opens in Beijing next week - has accepted Mr Li's resignation as a member of parliament for south-western Sichuan province, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Thursday.