BEIJING — Chinese leaders announced on Friday that Bo Xilai, a disgraced Communist Party aristocrat, had been expelled from the party and would be prosecuted on criminal charges. The leaders also said they had scheduled the 18th Party Congress, the climax of China’s once-a-decade leadership transition, to start on Nov. 8.
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Bo Xilai in March 2012.
The announcements ended months of uncertainty over how the party would handle Mr. Bo, the most critical player in one of the biggest political scandals in decades, and when it would be ready to install a new generation of leaders, including Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, the men expected to become president and prime minister.
Mr. Bo is accused, among other things, of abusing his power in the case of a British businessman who authorities say was murdered by Mr. Bo’s wife, and of taking “massive bribes” directly and through his family, according to Xinhua, the state news agency. The official report’s long list of accusations against Mr. Bo, which includes adultery, seems intended to bury Mr. Bo’s political career and diminish lingering support for him within the party and among the general public.
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