A former provincial-rank official and a well-connected businessman were
expelled from China's national parliament on Wednesday over alleged involvement
After the dismissal, the 10th National People's Congress (NPC) has 2,978
At the closing of a regular session that began on February 26, the NPC
Standing Committee voted to strip Liu Weiming, 68, a provincial-rank official of
Guangdong Province, and Deng Zhonghua, 49, president of Hunan Chendian
International Development Co., Ltd, of their NPC memberships.
Liu was dismissed for "seriously violating discipline", according to the
decision made earlier by the provincial people's congress in Guangdong.
Previous media reports said Liu had been involved in economic crimes. He had
been expelled from the Communist Party of China.
Liu served as vice governor of the economic boom province of Guangdong from
1988 to 1998 and vice chairman of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from 1998 to 2003.
In a separate case, Deng was suspected of taking and offering huge bribes
after being investigated by anti-corruption authorities in central Hunan
Province. The former vice president of the Hunan company, Liu Xiaowen, had been
arrested for bribery.
Deng was appointed president of Hunan Chendian International Development Co.,
Ltd. in March 2004.