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Spin put on downfall of scandal-hit Chinese politician Bo Xilai.

Chinese State media tried to draw a clear line between scandal-hit politician Bo Xilai and the ruling Communist Party's elite on Saturday.

Bo was expelled from the party on Friday and the official Xinhua news agency is casting his fall as a victory for the party's fight against corruption.

"No matter how high a position, no matter how influential, anyone who violates party discipline and state law will be sternly pursued and punished," Xinhua said about the case.

Chinese State media tried to draw a clear line between scandal-hit politician Bo Xilai and the ruling Communist Party's elite on Saturday

Bo, a former contender for party leadership, is almost sure to face trial and jail after the party announced his expulsion on Friday and issued a list of allegations: bending the law to hush up a murder, taking bribes and engaging in 'improper sexual relations with multiple women'.

His downfall exposed high-level abuse of power after his former police chief briefly took refuge in a US consulate and revealed that Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, had killed British businessman Neil Heywood.

The party could face trouble convincing sceptics that it has only recently awoken to Bo's crimes. Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, and his former police chief, Wang Lijun, have already been jailed over the killing of Heywood.

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