Chinese party official removed from post after public outcry

June 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

CHANGSHA, China, June 17 (UPI) -- A Communist Party of China official, Liu Qiong, was removed from her post after protests on the Internet about how she got the job, officials said.

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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