March 15, 2012

CULT OF THE WRONG PERSONALITY:

China ousts Bo Xilai as Chongqing party boss (Tania Branigan, 3/14/12, guardian.co.uk)

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.

Bo, a complex and divisive figure, had been tipped to join China's top political body in this autumn's power transition, until a scandal broke involving his former ally and police chief, Wang Lijun. "After Wang Lijun's case, he should have resigned himself. But he didn't want to and instead fought back with a high profile," said political scientist Zhang Ming of Renmin University.

"Considering Bo's attitude, it's possible that the transition would have difficulties [without his removal] ...It shows there are still people supporting him, but Wang Lijun's case makes them unable to say anything.

"Bo was really the only politician since 1978 to trumpet his own movement independently of the party centre. That must have alarmed other senior figures in the party, suggesting he was someone who could upset the political equilibrium," said Victor Shih, an expert on elite politics at Northwestern University.
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