Hong Kong reveals election reforms

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Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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Hong Kong’s government has unveiled election reform proposals that will allow people to vote for the city’s leader for the first time.

But the plans include Beijing-backed restrictions facing stiff resistance from the city’s pro-democracy MPs and c ould spark renewed protests by student leaders and other activists who led mass street occupations that lasted nearly three months last year.

Chief secretary Carrie Lam outlined the reform package’s details to MP. She said that under the government’s proposals, the city’s five million eligible voters could choose from up to three candidates in 2017.

But she said the power to select candidates would remain in the hands of a 1,200-member panel of Beijing-friendly tycoons and other elites.

Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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