Mayor of Zhuhai ex­pelled, re­moved

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA -

Li Zezhong, for­mer mayor of Zhuhai, Guang­dong prov­ince, was ex­pelled from the Com­mu­nist Party of China and re­moved from pub­lic of­fice, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the prov­ince’s com­mis­sion for dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion on its web­site on Wed­nes­day. The au­thor­i­ties also con­fis­cated Li’s il­le­gal as­sets and trans­ferred him to the procu­ra­torate for pros­e­cu­tion. Li, 48, had also been deputy Party chief of the city. He was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the pro­vin­cial-level dis­ci­plinary watch­dog for al­leged “se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of dis­ci­pline and law”. He also re­sisted the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the web­site said. Li was found to have taken bribes and abused power to seek ben­e­fits for oth­ers, which caused great eco­nomic loss to the coun­try. He also used pub­lic funds to re­im­burse per­sonal ex­penses and was in­volved in il­le­gal profit-mak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Li be­came Zhuhai mayor in May 2017.

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