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Former teacher names Bo Xilai chairman of 'new political party'
A university professor names Bo Xilai, the imprisoned Chinese leader, as chairman of a 'new political party'Bo Xilai, who has has told his legal team that he wants to appeal his conviction for corruption, a source close to the former Chinese leader has said Photo: AFP/Getty Images
By Malcolm Moore, Beijing
2:19PM GMT 10 Nov 2013Follow
He has been jailed for life, his career in the Communist party is over.
But Bo Xilai has not been forgotten; one of his supporters has taken the bold step of naming him as the chairman of a "new political party".
Wang Zheng, a former teacher who has sent several petitions to the Chinese leadership on Mr Bo's behalf and is believed to be a friend of his family, told two news agencies that Mr Bo would head the Zhi Xian party, whose name means "the constitution is the supreme authority".
Ms Wang, an associate professor of international trade at the Beijing Institute of Economics and Management, said the move was "not illegal under Chinese law".
She said she had sent letters to the Communist party, to China's eight other minority political parties, to the National People's Congress and to an advisory body, to announce the party's formation.
In the past, Ms Wang 's public support for Mr Bo has seen her carefully monitored by the authorities.
On the last occasion that the Daily Telegraph managed to reach her, on the eve of Mr Bo's trial, she said she was unable to meet because "the police are sitting next to me".
Ms Wang said she had also written to Mr Bo to inform him of his "life chairmanship", but had not received his express consent.
She told the Associated Press that there are at least a dozen members of the party so far.
"I can only tell you that we have more members than the number of people who attended the Communist Party's first congress after it was established," she said.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Communist party is continuing its four-day meeting to produce a blueprint for the country.
In a front-page editorial, the People's Daily newspaper called for more reforms to boost the economy.
"China needs to deepen reform […] opening up on all fronts in order to forge ahead," it said, adding that the country faced an "uphill road".
"In a society with rapid transformation and accumulating contradictions […] every step we take towards the peak is a perilous climb that bears risk and even crisis," the People's Daily said.
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