From BBC News:
Hong Kong's chief executive has said Beijing will allow the special region's people to directly elect their leader by 2017 and their legislators by 2020.
Donald Tsang said the decision was a "most important step" in the political future of the former British colony, which became part of China in 1997.
The move comes after Mr Tsang submitted a report requesting elections by 2012.
Hong Kong's leader is chosen currently by an 800-member committee. Half the 60-seat Legislative Council is elected. [Full Text]
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