“Bo Xilai replaced as Chongqing chief”

Whoa- Twitter just exploded with the news that Bo has been ousted, in one of the most extreme falls from grace in recent Chinese history. From FT:

Bo Xilai, the maverick Chinese politician, who until recently was a frontrunner for promotion to the highest decision-making body of the ruling Communist party, has been removed from his position as party secretary of Chongqing municipality.

The decision to remove Mr Bo was announced internally to senior officials on Wednesday night, immediately after the close of the annual 10-day session of China’s rubber stamp parliament, people familiar with the matter said.

There’ll definitely be more on this over the next few days.

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