Graft-buster to lead new com­mis­sion

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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

YAO DAWEI / XIN­HUA

Yang Xiaodu takes the oath of al­le­giance to the Con­sti­tu­tion in the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing on Sun­day.

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