Updated: 01/30/2014 16:32 | By Agence France-Presse

Chinese Communist Party expels Nanjing mayor

The former mayor of the Chinese city of Nanjing has been expelled from the Communist Party, its main disciplinary organ said Thursday.

Chinese Communist Party expels Nanjing mayor

The mayor of the Chinese city of Nanjing, Ji Jianye, attends a groundbreaking ceremony for Nanjing Yangtze River International Shipping and Logistics Service Centre in Nanjing, on July 13, 2013 - by -

Ji Jianye was found to have "received a huge amount of money and gifts either by himself or through his family members", the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement posted on its website.

It added that the former mayor was deemed "morally corrupt".

Ji -- who earned the nickname "Bulldozer Ji" for his promotion of construction projects in the city of eight million -- was sacked in October for "suspected serious disciplinary violations". 

The term typically refers to the corruption that has become endemic in China.

A state-backed newspaper said at the time that he was investigated over economic corruption and construction projects, quoting sources as saying he awarded projects to a company he was connected to.

In China, expulsion from the ruling party is normally a precursor to criminal charges.

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