China Replaces Powerful Politician

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 13: China's Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai attends closing session of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People on March 13, 2012 in Beijing, China. Known as 'liang hui,' or 'two organizations', it consists of meetings of China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), and its advisory auxiliary, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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    And you thought the Republican presidential nomination race was intense. The Communist Party in China has dropped one of the nation’s most ambitious—and flamboyant—leaders. Bo Xilai was being considered to be on the party’s Politiburo Standing Committee, but now he’ll be replaced as Chongqing city Communist Party secretary. The news of Bo’s exit—it wasn’t clear if he had resigned or was booted—was delivered in a one-sentence statement by the Xinhua News Agency. In recent weeks, a scandal had erupted over the chief of police who he picked who enforced a crackdown on Chongqing’s gangs.

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