Retired officials criticized for exerting influence
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.