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Fate of Bo Xilai to be revealed soon: Hong Kong daily

2012/09/22 22:18:51

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) The fate of former Chongqing Communist Party of China chief Bo Xilai will soon be known, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Saturday.

Sing Tao Daily said it is expected that China will strip Bo of his Communist Party membership and his public office after the seventh plenary session of the party's 17th national congress, the date of which has yet to be decided.

Bo has already been stripped of his Chongqing party chief status and Politburo membership, but he remains in the National People's Congress.

The Chinese-language newspaper cited unnamed sources as saying that China will clearly state how to deal with Bo before the 18th party congress, at which China's first leadership transition in a decade will begin.

Bo has not been seen in public since China began investigating him in April for "serious violations of party discipline."

Bo was widely seen to be on the ascent to China's core nine-member Standing Committee of Political Bureau before his downfall.

Events began to change for Bo when Wang Lijun, a close aide and former vice mayor of Chongqing, fled to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu in February reportedly to seek political asylum.

Wang reportedly said that Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, murdered British businessman Neil Heywood over a business dispute.

Chinese authorities have yet to announce the date of the 18th party congress, but it is expected to be held in late October, right after the seventh plenary session of the 17th party congress.

(By Tseng Chi-yuan and Lilian Wu)
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