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China resumes graft purge as top officials targeted

Latest target is one of few high-ranking ethnic minorities and was rising star

Nur Bekri is the highest-ranking official to come under investigation by China's graft agency this year.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China said Friday that the highest-ranking official so far this year is under investigation for corruption, news that came just a day after a former vice governor was expelled from the ruling Communist Party.

Nur Bekri, the head of the National Energy Administration and the former governor of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, is under investigation for suspected violations of party disciplinary rules, the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection -- China's top anti-graft agency -- said on Friday.

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