Bo Xilai ousted from Communist Party post
Bo Xilai ousted from Communist Party postRemoval of Chongqing's Communist Party chief spurs strong online reactions.
Bo Xilai, Secretary speaks to the media during a plenary session of the Chongqing delegation during the ongoing National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of People in Beijing March 9, 2012. REUTERS
The firing of a prominent Communist Party official in China has turned into one of the nation's biggest political dramas in years.
Until Thursday, Bo Xilai, the Communist Party chief in the city of Chongqing, was expected to be the top candidate to head the national party, which will name new leadership this fall. Many observers believe Bo's sacking illustrates the internal divisions amongst Chinese political elites.
Bo’s ouster comes just one day after Premier Wen Jiabao issued strong calls for political reform. At a National People's Congress news conference on Wednesday, Wen warned that if the Communist Party did not bring about reform, China would risk having a second Cultural Revolution.
That warning has been read as a veiled threat towards Bo Xilai, who was known for promoting greater equality and socialist growth in the southwestern city of Chongqing.