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Former top China provincial leader removed from Communist Party

Published on Apr 30, 2014 11:46 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - A top Chinese provincial official reportedly linked to former senior party leader Zhou Yongkang has been expelled from the Communist Party, the organisation's internal investigating authority said.

Mr Li Chuncheng was described as "morally degenerate" in a statement released by the ruling party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) late on Tuesday, which also said he was expelled from his "official position".

Such moves are normally a precursor to a criminal inquiry and China's public prosecutor, the Supreme People's Procuratorate, said on Wednesday on its website that it had opened an investigation into Mr Li.

The developments appear to signal a further tightening of the noose around Mr Zhou, who as a former member of the elite Politburo Standing Committee was one of China's most powerful politicians of the past decade.

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