Key post for Daxing mine disaster man

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2006, 12:00am

Delegates to the Guangdong People's Congress yesterday elected a former vice-governor blamed for a serious mine accident as a vice-chairman of the legislative body and voted in two new vice-governors with Communist Youth League backgrounds.

You Ningfeng, who was disciplined over the Daxing Colliery disaster which killed 123 miners last year, received 731 of the 747 votes cast, with only eight delegates voting against him, eight spoiling their ballots and another eight abstaining from voting.

The colliery in Governor Huang Huahua's home town of Xingning, in Meizhou - one of the poorest cities in Guangdong - was ordered closed after a series of mine accidents in the province, but it defied the order.

A political observer said Mr You was hard working, adding that even Guangdong party boss Zhang Dejiang realised Mr You was forced to take the blame for the mine disaster because he was in charge of work safety.

Although Mr You was punished for the disaster, he was allowed to stay on as vice-governor because of his work record and because he was close to retirement. Delegates also elected Dongguan party secretary Tong Xing and Shantou party secretary Lin Musheng to fill posts vacated by Mr You and Xu Deli, who had also reached retirement age.

Mr Tong, 54, is a native of Liaoning province who arrived in Dongguan in 1968 to work in the countryside. He joined the Guangdong Communist Youth League in 1977 and was made its vice-secretary in 1985.

Mr Tong was vice-director of the Guangdong Commerce and Industry Bureau from 1990 to 1994 before returning to Dongguan as vice-party secretary. He became party secretary in March 2001.

Mr Lin, 49, is a native of Chenghai in Shantou who graduated in Chinese studies from Huanan Normal University in 1982. He entered the Guangdong Communist Youth League in 1982 and moved up the ranks to become its secretary in 1991. He then was Shantou vice-party secretary and Jieyang party secretary before being promoted to Shantou party secretary in 2004.



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