Brother of China's premier steps down as deputy head of tobacco monopoly

February 11, 2015 5:12 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's brother has stepped down as deputy head of China's powerful tobacco monopoly, state media said on Wednesday, removing a potential conflict of interest as the world's largest tobacco user battles a major health crisis.

Li Keming, a vice director at the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, has "been removed" from his position, Xinhua news agency said in a brief report, listing several other officials who were also stepping down.

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