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Southern China Officials Called on to Be Monogamous, Daily Says

December 20, 2012

An anti-graft official in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou called on government and Communist Party officials to be faithful to their spouses after a slew of local scandals, the China Daily reported today.

Mei Heqing, a standing member of the communist party’s Guangzhou disciplinary commission, also disclosed at a briefing yesterday that 38 of the 61 county-level or higher officials investigated this year in the city kept mistresses or had more than one sexual partner, the newspaper reported.

China’s new Communist Party leaders pledged this month to abandon extravagance, reduce lavish receptions and live more frugally, amid a broader push to stamp out corruption. Former Politburo member Bo Xilai, who was expelled from the party in September for taking bribes and his wife’s murder of a British national, was also accused of having had improper sexual relations with numerous women.

In a more recent case, Lei Zhengfu, party secretary of the Beibei district in the municipality of Chongqing, was removed from his post last month after he was identified in a sex video that was circulated on the Internet, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Nov. 23.

In Guangzhou, He Jing, deputy head of the city’s public security bureau, was accused of having had affairs with several women along with taking bribes, Xinhua reported in September.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Zhang Dingmin in Beijing at dzhang14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andreea Papuc at apapuc1@bloomberg.net


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