Bo Xilai removed by China from Chongqing leader post

March 15, 2012


One of China’s most prominent politicians, Bo Xilai, has been removed as Communist Party boss in the city of Chongqing following a scandal.

The 62-year-old was a strong contender for promotion to China’s top leadership in party changes due later this year.

However, a scandal erupted when his former chief of police spent a day at a United States consulate last month.

The flamboyant Bo Xilai is the nearest thing China has to a Western-style politician, correspondents say.

Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang will replace him, state news agency Xinhua said.

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