Re­tired of­fi­cials crit­i­cized for ex­ert­ing in­flu­ence

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China’s of­fi­cial Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) news­pa­per Peo­ple’s Daily has pub­lished a signed com­men­tary and crit­i­cized re­tired of­fi­cials who con­tinue to ex­ert their in­flu­ence in gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

The com­men­tary pub­lished on Mon­day did not spec­ify which for­mer lead­ers were con­tin­u­ing to wield in­flu­ence af­ter re­tire­ment. Some re­tired of­fi­cials were us­ing their in­flu­ence with for­mer sub­or­di­nates to keep their hands on ma­jor is­sues long af­ter they had re­tired, the com­men­tary said.

When de­ci­sions were made against their wishes, they would ac­cuse in­cum­bent of­fi­cials of be­ing snob­bish, the ar­ti­cle said, adding that such lin­ger­ing in­flu­ence put their suc­ces­sors in an awk­ward po­si­tion and weak­ened party co­he­sion.

Bei­jing News on Tues­day cited ex­am­ples of for­mer lead­ers who stopped in­ter­ven­ing in pol­i­tics af­ter re­tire­ment such as for­mer pres­i­dents Zhu Rongji and Hu Jin­tao.

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