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Nanjing, China, mayor fired; focus of party probe

Updated at: 10/19/2013 12:35 AM
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(AP) BEIJING - The mayor of the major eastern city of Nanjing has been sacked in the latest high-profile case in a national crackdown on corruption, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.

Ji Jianye, also a deputy Communist Party chief of Nanjing, was dismissed from his leadership positions on suspicion of serious violations of party discipline, Xinhua said.

It did not provide further details, but the vague charge usually means corrupt acts such as taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power.

The dismissal came two days after the ruling party’s corruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, revealed that Ji was placed under internal investigation. China’s leadership has vowed to crack down on epidemic corruption, which it says would erode public trust in the party and endanger the legitimacy of the party rule.

Ji has been known as "Mayor Bulldozer" for his strong penchant for large-scale capital projects in Nanjing, a provincial capital city of 8 million people.

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