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Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Jiangxi deputy governor Yao Mugen faces corruption probe

High-ranking Jiangxi civil servant placed under investigation by party watchdog

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 March, 2014, 5:20am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, 6:55pm

A deputy Jiangxi governor has become the latest high-ranking provincial official implicated in corruption by the Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog.

Deputy Governor Yao Mugen, a career Jiangxi civil servant, is under investigation for "serious violations of party discipline and state law", the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on its website yesterday, using a common euphemism for corruption.

It was unclear when Yao was placed under investigation, although there were clues that his downfall was sudden.

Yesterday's Jiangxi Daily featured a commentary by him calling for better management of lakes and rivers.

Party officials tend to drop out of the public spotlight before a graft probe is announced.

Yao worked his way up from a low-ranking public servant's post with the Jiangxi economic planning commission, spending his entire career in the province.

He was appointed deputy director of the provincial government's administrative office in 1998 and promoted to deputy governor in 2011.

Yao is the latest in a series of senior provincial officials placed under investigation in recent months. Others include Jin Daoming, vice-chairman of Shanxi Provincial People's Congress' standing committee; Li Chongxi, chairman of the provincial committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Sichuan; and Shen Peiping, a deputy governor of Yunnan .

A massive anti-corruption campaign since President Xi Jinping came to power has vowed to catch both "tigers" and "flies", meaning both senior and junior officials would be punished for corruption.

Political and military heavyweights including retired politburo standing committee member Zhou Yongkang and former Central Military Commission vice-chairman Xu Caihou have also been put under investigation.