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China Suspends Bo Xilai From Top Positions

Bo Xilai

Bo Xilai

China says that Bo Xilai, the former mayor of the Chinese megacity of Chongqing, has been suspended from key Communist Party positions.

State broadcaster CCTV said that Bo, once a contender for a seat in the top leadership, has been suspended from the party's 25-member politburo on suspicion of involvement in "serious discipline violations."

The report says he was also suspended from the party's 300 member Central Committee and will be investigated by party officials.

CCTV also said Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, is being investigated for the murder of a British citizen, Neil Heywood, who died in November in Chongqing.

Bo was dismissed as Communist Party chief of Chongqing on March 15, shortly after his former police chief fled temporarily to a U.S. consulate, apparently to seek asylum.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP