Senior leader sacked in rare scandal
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