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Ranking Chinese leader replaced amid reports of probe

AP  |  Beijing 

A Chinese politician considered a potential future leader has been replaced as head of the central mega-city of Chongqing amid reports he is facing a graft investigation.

The move is a possible sign of a shakeup in roles ahead of a crucial later this year. The South Morning Post said today that Sun Zhengcai is being investigated by the ruling Communist Party's anti-graft arm.

The Chongqing said on its website Saturday that Sun Zhengcai was being replaced as head of the city's committee by Chen Min-er.

Both Sun and Chen sit on the party's 25-member Politburo and are considered candidates for promotion to the body's Standing Committee, the apex of political power in The Chongqing announcement gave no details on the move.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 12:48 IST