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China troubleshooter moves on from Chongqing post

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November 19, 2012 11:33 PM EST | AP

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BEIJING — The high-ranking troubleshooter who replaced purged politician Bo Xilai in China's mega-city of Chongqing has ended his eight-month stint there after being promoted to the country's top leadership.

The outgoing Zhang Dejiang had sought to play down the populist crime-fighting and social policies that had made the once-rising star Bo popular as Chongqing's party chief. Zhang, also a vice premier, is now expected to become head of the Chinese legislature following his elevation last week to the Politburo Standing Committee.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that 49-year-old Sun Zhengcai would replace Zhang as Chongqing's party chief.

Bo was ousted from the position earlier this year, and now faces allegations of corruption and obstruction of justice in the murder of a British businessman.