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Chinese officials whose families emigrate ineligible for promotions

Jan. 17, 2014 at 9:19 AM

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Chinese government officials whose families have moved from the country are not eligible for promotions, the government announced.

Civil servants whose spouses have relocated out of China and those without spouses but whose children have moved to other countries won't be promoted, a release from the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee said Wednesday.

Officials whose families live outside the country are known as "naked officials" in Chinese society. The restrictions are expected to prevent corrupt officials from taking public funds out of the country, observers say.

The new regulations also indicate officials who have been dismissed for dereliction of duty can't be named to a new post for one year and aren't eligible for a position higher than their previous one for two years, Xinhua reported Friday.

Government officials have also been asked to lead a frugal life and clean up other undesirable lifestyle choices, such as hedonism, the report said.

Ethical performance will now be a deciding factor in whether an official gets promoted, it said.

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