Former Chinese Political Star Pleads Guilty in Bribery Trial

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A former senior Communist Party official who was once tipped to be China‘s future president has pleaded guilty to accepting millions in bribes at his trial on Thursday.

Sun Zhengcai’s case set the stage for one of the highest-level convictions in President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption and political disloyalty.

In July, Sun was abruptly removed from his post as the ruling Communist Party’s chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing and was replaced by Chen Miner, who is a protege of Xi Jinping.

Sun was also the youngest member of the Communist Party’s elite 25-member Politburo before he was expelled and was widely considered a strong candidate to sit on the Politburo Standing Committee, made up of China’s top leaders.

Chen Miner also filled Sun’s post at the Politburo after he was expelled.

Read the original article here: aljazeera.com


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