Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Jilin governor Bayanqolu named party chief in anti-corruption reshuffle

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 September, 2014, 5:14am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, 5:55pm

The Communist Party promoted Jilin Governor Bayanqolu to be the province's new party chief, Xinhua reported yesterday.

Bayanqolu, 58, an ethnic Mongolian, will take over from Wang Rulin, who will be "given a new appointment", according to the brief dispatch.

Jiang Chaoliang , chairman of Agricultural Bank of China, had been nominated as a candidate for Jilin governor, pending legislative approval, local media reported, citing Jilin Television's main news bulletin.

Xinhua did not specify Wang's new position, but the Sunday Morning Post reported that he would replace Yuan Chunqing as Shanxi party chief.

The Post reported that Yuan would be assigned to a less important post rather than investigated, but the reshuffle would make him the most senior leader in Shanxi to be enmeshed in the anti-graft campaign sweeping the country.

Bayanqolu will be the only member of an ethnic minority to head a provincial party committee in the present administration.

His previous positions include a stint as a senior party official on the Zhejiang provincial committee between 2001 and 2007, an appointment that overlapped much of President Xi Jinping's time as governor and, later, party boss of the eastern province.

Yuan was promoted to Shanxi party chief in May 2010, and Wang, who served his entire political career in Jilin, was named Jilin party chief in December 2012.

The Jilin announcement coincided with the appearance of an advert in People's Daily for party magazine Qiushi, or Seeking Truth. The advert listed the contents of today's issue, including an article by Yuan criticising corruption. But the ad made no reference to Yuan's official title.

Seven vice-provincial-level party cadres in Shanxi have been investigated over the past few months, including vice-governor Ren Runhou.