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Online deluge washes away China 'piggyback' official

Published on Jun 23, 2014 5:54 PM
 
A Chinese official who tried to save his shoes by taking a piggyback during a flood has lost his job instead, reports said Monday, the latest example of Internet users holding bureaucrats to account. -- PHOTO: WEIBO

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese official who tried to save his shoes by taking a piggyback during a flood has lost his job instead, reports said Monday, the latest example of Internet users holding bureaucrats to account.

It is the second time in a year that a ruling Communist Party official has been sacked after photos showed him riding on another person through a flooded area.

The incident took place during a search for three primary schoolchildren who had fallen into a river in the central province of Jiangxi, the official Xinhua news agency said.

A low-level staffer offered to give the official - the vice-director of a government office in Guixi who was identified only by his surname, Wang - a lift across an area ankle-deep in water, Xinhua said.

 
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