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China says key party congress to conclude on Oct. 24

BEIJING, Oct 17 (Reuters) - China's 19th Communist Party Congress will close on Oct. 24, a week after it opens, party spokesman Tuo Zhen said on Tuesday.

Tuo made the remarks at a briefing a day ahead of the opening of the key, twice-a-decade meeting that will see President Xi Jinping map out his ambitions for the country and further tighten his grip on power. (Reporting by Ryan Woo and Judy Hua; Writing by Michael Martina)