disciplinary watchdog on Thursday expelled senior political advisor Song
Pingshun from the Communist Party of China (CPC) for "dissolute lifestyle and
serious violation of Party discipline", according to an announcement.
Song Pingshun. [File]
Song, former chairman of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a local advisory body to the
parliament in the northern port city of Tianjin, was discovered dead on June 3.
A police investigation showed that Song had committed suicide.
The CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection decided to take the rare
step of a posthumous stripping of Song's CPC membership after finding that he
had "led a dissolute life and abused his public power to seek benefits for his
mistress, seriously violating CPC discipline".
"Song, morally degenerate, kept a mistress and helped her obtain money
through illegal means," the announcement of the discipline watchdog said.
Song, 61, a native of northern province of Hebei, became the top political
advisor of Tianjin, a booming municipality directly under the central
government, in March 2006.
He once served as vice-mayor, police chief and secretary of Tianjin CPC
Political Science and Law Commission that was in charge of the city's police and
Once an English-major student, Song received a junior college certificate
from a Tianjin college in the 1960s and served various official city government
posts in the public security sector.
The CPC expelled 21,120 members last year for breaking its rules, mainly for
their involvement in corruption scandals, according to the CCDI, the Party's
Corruption remained serious in China, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central
Committee earlier warned all CPC members.
More than 1,000 Chinese officials above the county level have been punished
for corruption during the first five months, up 2.4 percent over the same period
last year, statistics show.
More than 64 percent of the cases were "serious cases" that involved
officials taking more than 50,000 yuan (about 6,600 US dollars ) in bribes or
embezzling more than 100,000 yuan of public funds.