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Hong Kong lawmakers rejected Beijing-backed election reform package

The election reform package was voted down by 28 votes to eight in the Legislative Council (known as legco) of 70 legislators.

Jun 19, 2015 12:12 IST
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Hong Kong lawmakers on 18 June 2015 rejected Beijing-backed election reform package.  The proposal was voted down by 28 votes to eight in the Legislative Council (known as legco) of 70 members.

The proposal labeled as a package of fake democracy required support from two-thirds of the assembly to pass.

The package would have granted all Hong Kong citizens the right to vote for their Chief Executive for the first time in 2017 and elect him directly. But they would only be able to vote for candidates that had been vetted by a pro-Beijing committee.

Rejection of the package means that the next chief executive of city in 2017 will be chosen by 1200 members of the pro-Beijing committee who will select their leader.

Present System
The Executive Council of Hong Kong is headed by the Chief Executive (CE) who is elected by the Election Committee and then appointed by the Central People’s Government. The Election Committee is a Hong Kong electoral college whose members are elected by People.

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