Upstart Leader in China Is Ousted From Party Post

Bo Xilai, the brash Communist Party chief of the Chongqing municipality in China’s southwest, has been removed from his post, an unmistakable sign that recent scandals in that city have put an end to his political ambitions and complicated the national leadership transition that will take place in the fall.

Until recently, Mr. Bo had been expected to join the all-powerful Standing Committee of the Politburo, a nine-member body that effectively runs the country. Seven of the members are to be replaced, and Mr. Bo’s demotion suggests there will be more drama in a usually secret process.