State work safety chief de­moted for ‘se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YAN zhangyan1@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Yang Huan­ning

The for­mer head of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety, Yang Huan­ning, has been de­moted from his ad­min­is­tra­tive post for “se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of Party dis­ci­plines”, the Com­mu­nist Party of China’s Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion said on Mon­day.

Yang, 60, was de­moted to a vice-bu­reau level and non­lead­ing po­si­tion, and was placed on pro­ba­tion within the Party for two years, the CCDI said in a state­ment on its web­site.

Yang was found to have se­ri­ously vi­o­lated po­lit­i­cal dis­ci­pline and rules and de­vi­ated from the Party’s prin­ci­ples on ma­jor is­sues, ac­cord­ing to the CCDI.

He also took ad­van­tage of his job to seek per­sonal ben­e­fits, it said.

The CCDI said Yang was dis­missed as a mem­ber of the 18th CPC Na­tional Congress and his il­le­gal gains will be con­fis­cated.

From May 2008 to Oc­to­ber 2015, Yang served as vice-min­is­ter of the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity. He was in charge of the over­all work of the pub­lic se­cu­rity or­gans and in 2009, he also held a con­cur­rent post as head of the of­fice un­der the cen­tral lead­ing work group for main­tain­ing sta­bil­ity.

In Oc­to­ber 2015, Yang was trans­ferred to a job as head of China’s work safety watch­dog, re­plac­ing Yang Dongliang, who had been in­ves­ti­gated by the CCDI over graft ac­cu­sa­tions.

Since Novem­ber 2012, when the new lead­er­ship was elected, the coun­try has con­ducted a sweep­ing drive to fight against both “tigers and flies”, re­fer­ring to cor- rupt high- and low-rank­ing of­fi­cials.

More than 140 high­rank­ing of­fi­cials, at min­is­te­rial level or above, have been in­ves­ti­gated over graft al­le­ga­tions. They in­cluded Zhou Yongkang, a for­mer mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Po­lit­i­cal Bu­reau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, who was sen­tenced to life in prison in June 2015.

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