On October 30, 2015, People’s Daily reported that the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee expelled two top “tigers” or high-ranking corrupt officials from the Party. They were Le Dake, an official from Tibet and Gu Chunli, from Jilin Province. The Party also dismissed them from their government positions for serious violations of Party discipline and state law.
Le Dake was a loyal follower of Zeng Qinghong. Zeng was the right-hand-man of Jiang Zemin, the former top leader of the CCP and China. Zeng promoted Le to be the head of the State Security Department in Tibet in 2004. Le was in that position from 2004 to 2013. In June of 2015, the Communist Party placed him under investigation for suspected corruption.
Gu Chunli is the former vice governor of Jilin Province. On August 1, 2015, Gu was taken away to be investigated for suspected corruption. Gu started his political career in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, and once served as a Shenyang Municipal Standing Committee member. Gu Chunli was then an assistant to Chen Zhenggao, the former governor of Liaoning Province and the mayor of Shenyang City, the capital of Liaoning. Chen is the current Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. The report stated that Chen used to be Bo Xilai’s assistant. Bo belonged to the faction of Jiang Zemin and Zeng Qinghong.
Sources: People’s Daily, October 30, 2015; ON.CC, October 31, 2015; and Power Apple, October 31, 2015