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Bo Xilai expelled from China's National People's Congress, clearing way for charges

Once considered a future Communist Party leader, Bo Xilai will face charges of corruption.

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Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai attends a meeting during the annual National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People. Bo, the former Communist Party leader in Chongqing, has been expelled from the party and is "to face justice," according to a report by Xinhua, the state news agency. ( Feng Li/AFP/Getty Images)

Bo Xilai’s fall from grace — a stunning implosion that began with accusations his wife murdered a British executive — continued in China Friday as that nation’s parliament expelled him from office.

According to state media, the National People's Congress terminated Bo’s position as deputy Friday.

The Communist Party had expelled Bo a month ago, Bloomberg News reported, making this latest development a mere formality.

The one-time power broker will now faces charges of his own related to abuse of power, Bloomberg said.

There is no word on when Bo’s trial will begin, especially since the Communist Party is trying to avoid distraction from a major political event.

Two weeks from now, the party congress will choose a new generation of leaders, something it does every decade.

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At one time, Bo was widely expected to accept a significant role within the party during the congress.

That was before a court sentenced Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, to death with a two-year reprieve for Neil Heywood’s murder.

Friday’s expulsion also clears the way for prosecution, The Associated Press reported, as Bo faces abuse of power charges.

Prosecutors have not announced Bo’s charges, but late last month the party referred to Bo accepting bribes and carrying on extramarital affairs as reason for his dismissal.

The AP said the accusations against Chongqing city’s one-time most powerful man date back more than a decade.

Bo, however, still has his supporters among those who favor traditional economic equality in China. They call his charges nothing but political theater.

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