Graft-buster to lead new commission
A senior graft-buster was elected by the top legislature to lead China’s new National Supervisory Commission, marking a key step in the country’s sweeping reform toward building a more centralized oversight system.
Yang Xiaodu, deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, was elected director of the National Supervisory Commission on Sunday during the ongoing session of the 13th National People’s Congress.
He took the oath of allegiance to the country’s Constitution after being elected.
Yang, born in 1953, is a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee. He had headed the Ministry of Supervision and the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention until an institutional restructuring plan of the State Council, which was adopted on Saturday, merged the two agencies to form the National Supervisory Commission.
As the first director of the commission — the national agency of a new anti-graft and supervisory network that was endorsed by constitutional amendment a few days ago — Yang is expected to play an important role in pushing forward the country’s reform.
The revised Constitution, adopted by the 13th NPC on March 11, first listed supervisory commissions as a new type of State organ. As the supreme supervisory organ, the National Supervisory Commission will oversee local commissions.
The country’s first law on supervision is being deliberated by lawmakers and will be put to a vote on Tuesday.
The law, an essential part of China’s reform of supervisory institutions, is expected to serve as a fundamental and guiding law against corruption and for State supervision, Li Jianguo, vicechairman of the Standing Committee of the 12th NPC, said when explaining the draft to the top legislature last week.
The draft law incorporates practices of the pilot
Yang Xiaodu takes the oath of allegiance to the Constitution in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday.