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Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai,who has been jailed for corruption,have set up a political party,sources said.

November 10, 2013 2:06:04 am

BEIJING: Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai,who has been jailed for corruption,have set up a political party,two separate sources said,in a direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party’s de facto ban on new political groups. The Zhi Xian Party,literally “the constitution is the supreme authority” party,was formed on November 6,three days before the opening of a key conclave of top Communist Party leaders to discuss much-needed economic reforms,the sources said. It named Bo as “chairman for life”,Wang Zheng,one of the party’s founders,told Reuters. “This is not illegal under Chinese law. It is legal and reasonable,” Wang said. PTI

Sochi Winter Olympics torch takes first-ever spacewalk

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China opens key meeting to set economic reform agenda

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