Politburo member Li Jianguo accused of favouritism

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 4:15am

An activist has accused a newly elected Politburo member, National People's Congress deputy chairman Li Jianguo, of promoting his nephew to a plum position, making him the youngest department-level cadre.

Han Chongguang, from Handan in Hebei province, sparked a heated debate on Sina Weibo and elsewhere on the internet on Sunday when he posted the allegations against Li, the highest-level official to be accused of corruption by a member of public in recent months.

The 30-year-old Han announced on the microblog that he had reported to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection that Li promoted his nephew, Zhang Hui, during Li's term as party chief of Shandong . Zhang rose from a deputy section-level job to a department-level one in just eight months.

Han cited information from an anonymous senior communist cadre to bolster his claim.

Zhang, 32, who is the party secretary of Shizhong district in Shandong's Jining city, is the youngest to hold such a position. However, some online postings claimed that Zhang was actually nephew-in-law of Li.

Li, 66, served as secretary for his home province from 2007 to 2008 before being promoted as deputy chairman of the NPC. He was made a Politburo member in last month's 18th party congress.