Zhou, a staunch supporter of Bo, was rumored to have designated Bo as his successor inside the Politburo Standing Committee.
Four of the seven Politburo Standing Committee members, including Xi, are princelings.
Perhaps the most egregious scandal was the downfall of former Politburo member and Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai.
So why cover contests with about as much excitement as a Politburo election?
These leaders, and others who questioned the Politburo's massive gamble are now in a position to gloat over being right.
Dissident individuals and groups are singled out for criticism by the Politburo.
Family connections played a key role in the composition of the Politburo in 1970.
The commission's function was to elaborate the Politburo's directives on reforming the school system.
Similar family relationships existed between the other Politburo members.
Composed of eleven members and six candidate members, all Politburo members belong to the Central Committee.
"highest policy-making committee of the U.S.S.R.," 1927, from Russian politbyuro, contracted from politicheskoe byuro "political bureau."