Proposal to remove China's Bo from legislature

Associated Press
FILE - In this March 9, 2012 file photo, Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai reacts during a plenary session of the National People's Congress held in Beijing, China.  With the disgraced politician expelled from the party and facing prosecution on a slew of charges, China’s ruling communists can finally focus on the crucial task of ensuring a smooth transition to a new generation of leaders.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a local legislative committee has stripped disgraced politician Bo Xilai of his qualifications to serve on the national legislature.

The expulsion, once confirmed by the national body, will clear the way for Bo to be prosecuted on charges ranging from corruption to sexual affairs to abetting the cover-up of a murder by his wife.

Delegates to the national legislature have immunity from arrest and prosecution unless there is special approval.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that the standing committee of Chongqing People's Congress removed Bo — who last served as the city's party chief — as a national delegate. Xinhua said the standing committee of the National People's Congress would review the decision.

Bo has already been expelled from the Communist Party.

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