外文标题：500 local Chinese lawmakers resign in fraud scandal
HONG KONG: More than 500 municipal lawmakers in one Chinese province have stood down following an electoral fraud scandal, as Beijing ramps up its sweeping anti-corruption crackdown, state media reported on Saturday.
The 512 municipal officials in China's central Hunan province resigned, were disqualified or dismissed after being caught taking bribes from 56 representatives of the provincial People's Congress to elect them to their posts, Xinhua news agency said.
Municipal officials have the power to appoint representatives of their provincial assembly, the local rubber-stamp parliament, although the process does not constitute a fully free or open election.
Local authorities dismissed 56 representatives of the 763-strong Hunan People's Congress for being "elected by bribery", state television channel CCTV said on its Twitter account.
An initial investigation revealed that 110 million yuan ($18 million) was offered in bribes to lawmakers and staff in the province's second city of Hengyang, state media reported, citing a Hunan government statement.
"The fraud, involving such a huge number of lawmakers and a large amount of money, is serious in nature and has a vile impact," Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.
"This is a challenge to China's system of people's congresses, socialist democracy, law and Party discipline," it said.
Are chines equal to Indians in this matter?
njocole Cole (Location) replies to mvillavan
They are better than us.Atleast they have the decency of resigning
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Will these kind of affirmative action be taken ever in India?
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Aniruddh Sharma (Location) replies to VSGR
The whole govt have resigned in India on graft issues.
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EMMGEE (Somewhere in Mars)
"...were disqualified or dismissed after being caught taking bribes ..." - may be this type of action is badly required in India ...!!
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Aniruddh Sharma (Location)
china is blessed to have a strong and authoritative rule where some tweets, facebook, paid media and NGOs or foreign power's can't stop its progress.
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India also must give a chance to corrupt politicians to resign and go away from public life forever without prosecution after paying a penalty of half their assets. Any takers?!
in india 75% elected members are corrupt
Toga (Cow Slaughterhouse) replies to ash
the other 25 percent are smart enough to not get caught.
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Getting ready (The Pacific)
Open your eyes young man! The clampdown is a prelude to war circa 2020AD to 2030AD. Sometime in that period China will make her move against the USA, then the region. Will we be ready?
IN INDIA ALL CORRUPT SHOULD BE SHOT AND ALL ASSESTS CONFESICATED