Peace and Freedom

BEIJINGTue Jan 20, 2015 6:26am EST

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Ling Jihua

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(Reuters) – China’s top parliamentary advisory body is set to expel a one-time senior aide to former president Hu Jintao, state media reported on Tuesday, after the ruling Communist Party announced he was being investigated for corruption.

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Ling Jihua, who heads a party body charged with reaching out to non-Communists and holds a rank equivalent to a vice premier, is at the center of one of China’s biggest corruption scandals since President Xi Jinping launched his sweeping battle against graft in 2013.

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The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a largely ceremonial but high-profile advisory body, has proposed a draft to expel Ling, state news agency Xinhua said on its microblog. The draft will be submitted to the CPPCC’s Standing Committee.

 Xinhua gave no details of Ling’s alleged crimes.
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Ling Jihua, then-newly elected vice chairman of…

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