Various news sites have reported that Politburo member and
King of Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai tendered his resignation from the Politburo yesterday, in the wake of his former right-hand man and Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun’s alleged defection scandal that took place earlier this month.
Bo reportedly attended a Politburo meeting yesterday and offered to resign from the leadership when the recent scandal surrounding Wang was being discussed.
There’s no word regarding as to whether or not Bo’s alleged resignation will be accepted, with a decision reportedly only to be approved by the time of the next Politburo meeting.
The apparent source of the information is a one-man Hong Kong-based organization known as the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy. According to a source speaking to the Information Center, Bo will be reassigned to work as a director with the National People’s Congress Working Committee.
A possible replacement for Bo’s Chongqing Party Secretary job could be Zhou Qiang, currently the Party Secretary of Hunan province.
Currently, there is no announcement of Bo Xilai’s resignation on the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy’s website, which overall hardly instills us with a sense of confidence: aesthetically, the design of the site looks to be firmly stuck in the dial-up era of 1995, while the naming of the website (hkhkhk.com) seems to have been conceived by a semi-literate child. Meanwhile, the email address to contact the website is [email protected]
However, no less a source than the New York Times also recently reported that Bo offered to resign from the highest levels of the Chinese leadership:
Within a couple days, Mr. Bo sent a letter to the leadership in which he took responsibility for having promoted and “failed to investigate” Mr. Wang, and offered, if only perfunctorily, to resign, according to the fellow princeling.
A screenshot of a TVB news report on Bo’s offer to resign is also currently making the rounds on Weibo.
Bo’s troubles began after Wang Lijun, the Chongqing police chief who was tasked with helping Bo fight crime in the municipality, allegedly attempted to defect to the United States at the American Consulate in Chengdu.
Wang was rumored to have revealed a great deal of information about Bo, who was expected to take a position amongst the leaders in the nine-member Politburo Standing Committee, China’s highest governing body composed of leaders within the 25-member Politburo, before Wang set in motion the derailing of his former boss’s political ambitions.