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Xi loyalist Li re-elected as Shanghai Communist Party chief

BEIJING, June 28 (Reuters) – Li Qiang, a trusted ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, was re-elected as Shanghai’s Communist Party chief on Tuesday, the city said. Li, 62, has since 2017 been the top official of China’s largest city and a member of China’s ruling Communist Party Politburo, a powerful 25-person body. It remains to be seen if Li will be promoted when the party undergoes a leadership reshuffle at the once-in-five-years congress set to take place later this year, when Xi is expected to secure a precedent-breaking third term as top leader. While Li has long been seen as a candidate for elevation to the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, some political analysts have speculated over whether Shanghai’s bruising two-month COVID-19 lockdown this year would dim his chances for promotion to China’s top decision-making body. Li was Xi’s secretary in the mid-2000s when Xi was the provincial party chief…    read more 

Andrew Gillum is indicted on 21 counts of fraud charges in Tallahassee

June 29, 2022 |

Andrew Gillum, once a rising strar in the party, has been indicted on multiple federal charges connected to campaign contribution fraud during his 2018 run for governor of . A federal grand jury has returned a twenty-one count indictment against Gillum, 42. The Justice Department charges that Gillum and co-defendant Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks conspired to commit wire fraud, by unlawfully soliciting funds from various entities and individuals through fraudulent promises. The indictment also alleges Gillum and Lettman-Hicks used third parties to divert a portion of those funds to a company owned by Lettman-Hicks, who then fraudulently provided the funds, disguised as payroll payments, to Gillum for his personal use.  He and his longtime associate Lettman-Hicks, 53, have been arrested.They both surrendered to the FBI and are scheduled to have their first court appearance at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the U.S. Courthouse in Tallahassee. Gillum, who withdrew from public life after a March…    read more