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China ousts Bo Xilai as Chongqing party boss

Leadership succession in China plunges into high drama as the favorite to join country's ruling panel is toppled amid defection scandal.

(GUARDIAN) Beijing - The biggest political drama in years has erupted months ahead ofChina's once-in-a-decade leadership transition, with the ousting of a colourful political contender as chief of a major city.

State news agency Xinhua announced Bo Xilai's removal as Chongqing party secretary in a one-sentence statement on Thursday morning, hours after premier Wen Jiabao took a thinly veiled swipe at him.

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