Qiong was the party's deputy secretary in Shimen County of Hunan province, China's Xinhua news agency reported.
The decision to relieve Liu from her duties came after word spread on social networking websites that she was promoted to her position at the age of 30, much younger than average for county officials, prompting questions about whether her father, former head of a national People's Congress committee, had an influence on her being promoted.
Local authorities said Sunday several people were been punished in the case and Liu's father was being investigated.
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