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China's Bo Xilai expelled from Communist Party

  • Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party following accusations of corruption and abuse of power.

    The announcement is the latest in a scandal that has overshadowed a political transition now due to take place in early November.

    His wife, Gu Kailai, was given a suspended death sentence last month for murdering British businessman Neil Heywood.

    The party's Politburo said on Friday that Bo, who had been a candidate for top office, would also face charges of bribe-taking and improper relations with a number of women.

    The charges date back to more than a decade ago when Bo was mayor of Dalian.

    The Politburo also announced the party congress would take place on November 8.

    The congress, held once every five years, is overdue and will see Hu Jintao step down after 10 years as China's leader and replaced by Xi Jinping.