China sacks minister snared in controversy

China’s ruling Communist Party Thursday sacked its high-profile party chief of southwestern Chongqing city Bo Xilai,amidst a scandal after his underling took refuge in the US Consulate.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Beijing | Published: March 16, 2012 12:57 am

China’s ruling Communist Party Thursday sacked its high-profile party chief of southwestern Chongqing city Bo Xilai,amidst a scandal after his underling took refuge in the US Consulate.

The purge of the charismatic but controversy-ridden leader came ahead of major leadership transition in the nation and just hours after Premier Wen Jiabao publicly censured him over the issue.

Bo,who was replaced by Vice Premier and Politburo member Zhang Dejiang,was known in China for his populist Maoists revival campaign,and had been seen as one of the leading contenders to join the party’s powerful nine-member Politburo standing committee.K J M Varma

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