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Two senior local officials investigated

By Zhao Lei
Two senior local officials investigated
Left: Su Hongzhang. Right: Yang Luyu. (Provided to China Daily)

Two senior local officials are being investigated by China's top anti-graft watchdog.

Su Hongzhang, 56, head of the Liaoning Commission of Political and Legal Affairs who oversees all law enforcement bodies in the northeastern province, is being investigated on suspicion of serious violations of Communist Party of China discipline.

The probe was announced by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in a news release on its website.

The release did not give further details, but "serious violations of Party discipline" usually refers to corruption or abuse of power.

After graduating from Liaoning University in 1983, Su started working for the CPC's Liaoning provincial committee and began to move up through the ranks.

He worked as deputy Party chief in Shenyang, the provincial capital, from 2002 to 2011 before being promoted to a new post on the provincial Party committee.

Su is the third senior official connected with Liaoning to be placed under investigation in the past month.

On March 4, it was announced that Wang Min, vice-chairman of the Education, Science, Culture and Public Health Committee of the 12th National People's Congress, China's top legislature, was being investigated for serious violations of Party discipline. He was Party chief of Liaoning from 2006 to 2015.

On March 16, Wang Yang, vice-chairman of the Liaoning People's Congress, was placed in custody by the anti-graft watchdog and questioned for alleged serious violations of Party discipline.

The central disciplinary commission also said on Wednesday that Yang Luyu, 59, the mayor of Jinan, the capital of Shandong province, is being questioned over the same allegations as Su.

Yang started his career with the national urban construction authority in 1982 after graduating from Harbin Institute of Technology. He spent more than 20 years in this sector before being named deputy mayor of Jinan in 2003.

He has held several positions in the eastern province and became mayor of Jinan in 2012.

Yang most recently appeared in public on March 31 when he presided over a city meeting on clean governance. He stressed the importance of anti-graft efforts and promised to end corruption in the city.

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