Se­nior leader sacked in rare scan­dal

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BEI­JING | China’s rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party on Thurs­day fired Bo Xi­lai, a charis­matic leader famed for push­ing a “red re­vival,” in a move that ex­poses ide­o­log­i­cal rifts dur­ing a gen­er­a­tional power hand-over.

In a highly un­usual public re­buke, Mr. Bo’s re­moval as party chief of the me­trop­o­lis of Chongqing was an­nounced a day af­ter Premier Wen Ji­abao de­liv­ered his strong­est call yet for po­lit­i­cal re­form in the coun­try of 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple.

The 62-year-old for­mer com­merce min­is­ter had been seen as one of the lead­ing con­tenders to join the Com­mu­nist Party’s Polit­buro Stand­ing Com­mit­tee — the apex of po­lit­i­cal power in China — later this year.

But an­a­lysts said that Mr. Bo had alien­ated lib­er­als in the party with his hard-line crack­down on cor­rup­tion in

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