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Former President Hu’s Chief of Staff Fired From Ministerial Job

The former top aide to retired Chinese President Hu Jintao was dismissed from his ministerial position after being put under graft probe last week, paving the way for his eventual expulsion from the Communist Party.

Sun Chunlan, 64, replaces Hu’s former chief of staff Ling Jihua, 58, as head of the Communist Party’s United Front Work Department, the official Xinhua News Agency said in a statement today. The department handles relations with non-party organizations and ethnic minorities, particularly in Tibet.