Supporters of Bo Xilai, who is now serving a life sentence, have reportedly established a new political party naming Bo “chairman for life,” and it looks like the CPC won’t be pleased, Reuters reports:
The Zhi Xian Party, literally “the constitution is the supreme authority” party, was formed on November 6, three days before the opening on Saturday of a key conclave of top Communist Party leaders to discuss much-needed economic reforms, the sources said.
It named Bo as “chairman for life”, Wang Zheng, one of the party’s founders and an associate professor of international trade at the Beijing Institute of Economics and Management, told Reuters by telephone.
“This is not illegal under Chinese law. It is legal and reasonable,” Wang said.
A second source, who asked not to be identified but who has direct knowledge of the party’s founding, confirmed the news.
Calls to the Communist Party’s propaganda department seeking comment went unanswered.
The Communist Party has not allowed any opposition parties to be established since it came to power following the 1949 revolution, so history suggests it will not look kindly on this new party, even more so because its titular head is a former member of its top ranks.
This marks the first time a political party has formed around a high-ranking fallen political figure. Supporters even sent a letter to Bo Xilai’s prison informing him of his new appointment as “chairman for life” but it’s unclear as to whether he accepted or not.