Chinese state media announced today that party congress to select new leaders will be held on November 8.
Congress occurs once every five years, this year leader Hu Jintao will step down after ten years as party boss. He will be replaced by Xi Jinping.
Gu Kailai could be freed from jail within 10 years after being found guilty of killing British business consultant Neil Heywood.
A Chinese court has given Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted politician Bo Xilai, a suspended death sentence for the murder of Neil Heywood.
China's most politically explosive trial in three decades has ended after just one day as Gu Kailai did not contest charges of murder.