(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.
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.
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.
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