The Straits Times
Published on Sep 28, 2012

Communist Party to hold congress on Nov 8, expels Bo Xilai


China's ruling Communist Party will hold its five-yearly congress on Nov 8 in the Chinese capital, an event set to produce the country's new leadership under heir-apparent Xi Jinping.
Apart from announcing the keenly awaited date on Friday evening, the party also said it has sacked former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai, dismissed him from all public office, and handed him over to face criminal charges.
In a dispatch by the Xinhua news agency, the party said Bo had flouted commited serious disciplinary actions dating from his time as Dalian mayor, commerce minister and Chongqing boss.
These included taking bribes, abuse of power to further personal interests and "having improper sexual relationships with many women".