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Chinese municipal legislator investigated for corruption

Published on May 3, 2014 8:31 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A legislator in the central Chinese city of Chongqing is under investigation for graft, the ruling Communist Party's top anti-graft body said on Saturday, the latest official to fall in China's fight against corruption.

President Xi Jinping has made tackling widespread corruption a central goal of his administration, saying that the problem could threaten Communist Party rule.

Tan Xiwei, deputy director of Chongqing's People's Congress Standing Committee, is suspected of "serious violation of discipline and laws", which is Party parlance for engaging in corrupt activities. The party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection made the announcement on its website.

Chongqing was once run by Bo Xilai, a former high-flying politician who was jailed for life last year for a range of crimes including corruption.

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