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Chongqing chief works under cloud left by disgraced predecessor

Chen Min'er doubles down on fealty to Xi to secure political future

Chen Min'er, Communist Party secretary of Chongqing, has regularly criticized disgraced predecessors Sun Zhengcai and Bo Xilai.   © Reuters

CHONGQING, China -- A year after President Xi Jinping's anti-graft dragnet took down onetime potential political rival Sun Zhengcai, the Chinese leader continues to purge disloyal elements from the city Sun once ran.

Chen Min'er, the Communist Party chief of Chongqing, vowed in a July 5 meeting of city officials to expel the "evil influence" and "poison" left behind by disgraced predecessors Sun and Bo Xilai. Sun was sentenced in May to life imprisonment for bribery, while Bo suffered the same fate in 2013.

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