Hong Kong Rejects Modest Reforms – Philip P. Pan and K.C. Ng
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition voted down a modest political reform plan Wednesday that it described as an attempt to sidestep public demands for general elections, dealing a sharp defeat to the local government and its allies in Beijing.
The package, proposed by Chief Executive Donald Tsang, would have enlarged the committee that China uses to pick the territory’s chief executive and added seats to the legislature. Its rejection by lawmakers is expected to push Hong Kong into a period of political confusion, with democracy advocates and the government blaming each other for failing to move the territory toward greater democracy.
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