Xinhua reported yesterday that 512 lawmakers in Hengyang city, Hunan province resigned after being implicated in a 110 million yuan ($18.1 million) bribery scandal.
The lawmakers reportedly resigned after accepting bribes from 56 provincial-level congress delegates, who have since been sacked. The money was used to swing election results, according to the state paper, citing a Hunan government statement.
“The number of people involved in the Hengyang election case are many, the amount of money large, the substance serious, the effect pernicious; this is a serious challenge to our People’s Congresses system,” Xinhua said.
“It must be seriously dealt with in accordance with the law”.
The recent string of highly-publicized crackdowns are a result of Xi Jinping’s widening war on corruption, in which he has pledged to take down powerful “tigers” as well as lowly “flies”.