The unfolding scandal surrounding Bo Xilai – one of the few Politburo members also tasked with overseeing a municipality – has raised questions within the Communist Party about whether it should continue to appoint top brass as municipal or provincial leaders.
Bo’s downfall is officially said to be linked to corruption and the murder case of a British businessman.
Bo is the third top regional party chief to be ousted for corruption or other wrongdoing, after former Beijing party secretary Chen Xitong and former Shanghai party boss Chen Liangyu were sanctioned – prompting growing calls to stop the practice of appointing Politburo members to local posts.
The mainland’s four most economically and politically significant mega-cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing – along with Guangdong, its richest province, are currently headed by Politburo members. Their appointments serve to highlight the importance of these regions and ensure the central government’s grip…
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