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Hu Jintao: Ex-President out of China Party Congress

Former Chinese leader Hu Jintao has been thrown out of the closing ceremony of the Communist Party Congress.

The weak-looking 79-year-old was sitting next to President Xi Jinping when he was approached and escorted by the authorities.

After his week-long congress, the party's 69-year-old is expected to be confirmed for a historic third term.

The event, held every five years in Beijing, cemented his position as China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.

Hu Jintao, who held the presidency between 2003 and 2013, was on stage when two officials were approaching him. He said something to Xi Jinping, who stepped back.

Footage of Hu Jintao being asked to leave the stage is garnering global attention, as people try to find out what just happened.

The two most likely reasons for his departure are that it was either an outright display of China's power politics, in which a leader was symbolically removed, or that Hu Jintao has serious health problems.

A longer edit of footage taken today shows Xi Jinping, the former chairman of the party, as well as, to Mr. Hu's left, senior figures Li Zanshu and Wang Huning appear concerned.

Hu Jintao represents a very different China from the China of Xi Jinping. He took a more collective leadership and had to balance the various facts represented in the Politburo Standing Committee.