CHONGQING, China (AP) — Many residents of the Chinese city of Chongqing (chohng-CHIHNG’) say they still admire their former leader despite his dismissal in the biggest political scandal in years.
People in parks and plazas across the city praised Bo Xilai (boh SHEE’-ly) as recently as last week for his boldness in creating jobs and busting organized crime. They dismissed any excesses as no different from those of other politicians.
The 62-year-old politician brought a populist touch to government that is unusual in China. It also irked other Chinese leaders. The Communist Party leadership suspended his posts in the Politburo and Central Committee on Tuesday. The moves ended Bo’s political career and brought him closer to possible arrest.