Hong Kong Democrats do not win majority

According to the Washington Post, the outcome of yesterday’s Hong Kong legislative election, which gave the Democrats additional seats but not a majority, “represented a setback for the campaign to persuade Beijing to allow universal suffrage here. ”

The Straits Times, meanwhile, reports that, “Hong Kong media criticised Beijing yesterday for meddling in this weekend’s elections, saying China’s new publicity about a pro- candidate jailed for hiring a prostitute was timed to influence the result.” Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Standard reported that, “Miscalculation and chaotic coordination in vote allocation cost the Democratic Party the opportunity to become the biggest political party in the Legislative Council despite a record voter turnout.”

The official results are posted here.

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