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After sacking hardline leader Bo Xilai, who was a serious contender for top slots in the
leadership election this year and launching investigations into him and his family, the ruling Chinese Communist Party has called for support from all ranks for the decision.

Asserting that it is a correct decision to remove Bo from all party posts and launch investigations into various allegations, party's flagship newspaper People's Daily in an article has called for support from all ranks for the decision.

Police has announced the reinvestigation results of the death of Neil Heywood and transferred suspects to judicial authorities.

The suspects included Bo's wife Bogu Kailai and aid, Zhang Xiaojun. They have been transferred to judicial authorities on "suspected crime of intentional homicide.

"This fully displays the respect for fact and the rule of law, and is entirely consistent with the Party's basic requirement of strict discipline on its members and the Party's governing philosophy of running state affairs according to law", the article said.

"This also showcases the Party's determination to keep its purity, and the clear stand of the Party and government to safeguard Party discipline and the laws of the state.

"This will gain support from all members of the Party and the public", it said.

Bo, 62 was regarded as the emerging leader from the hardline faction. Heading the party unit in Chongqing, where he came into prominence by launching crackdown on mafias of different kind, Bo also made attempts to revive the Party founder, Mao Zedong's hardline ideology which made him look suspect among Party's moderates.
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The party, though reveres Mao as its founder, has abandoned his policies after his death in 1976 and adopted his successor Deng Xiaoping's moderate policies to aggressively pursue economic reforms, which propelled the country to emerge as the second largest economy in the world, next only to the
United States.

Critics however point out that the economic reforms damaged socialist ideology and increased the rich-poor divide.

Bo, who was the member of powerful politburo of the party was expected to contest for top slots of party's leadership in the elections scheduled to be held later this year, also revived the old red songs and directed the local TV to play them in prime time everyday.

Top leadership of the party, including President Hu Jintao, are set to retire and Hu is expected to be succeeded by Vice President Xi Jinping.

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