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Hong Kong rejects China-backed reform proposal

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 01:20

Hong Kong's legislature vetoes a China-vetted electoral reform package criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as ''undemocratic''. Yiming Woo reports.

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Hong Kong lawmakers reject an electoral reform package backed by the Chinese government. Pro-democracy politicians and activists have called the proposal "undemocratic". It allowed Hong Kong to vote directly for its leader, but only between candidates approved by Beijing. Out of 37 lawmakers present, 28 voted against it. Some of the pro-democracy legislators spoke after the results. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRO-DEMOCRACY LAWMAKER AND CO-FOUNDER OF CIVIC PARTY, ALAN LEONG, SAYING: "The message that we are sending to the Central People's Government and the SAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) government is that Hong Kong people would not want to take on this fake democratic package. We do not want our votes to be used to legitimize a pre-vetting system." Pro-democracy demonstrators gathered outside the legislative council welcomed the news. (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 60-YEAR-OLD HOUSEWIFE AND PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTER, MRS. YEUNG, SAYING: "I am very happy. This is the right thing to do because the political reform plan did not make sense." Although the rejection's a blow to the Chinese government, it means Hong Kong will go back to the old system, of having a committee loyal to Beijing selecting its leader.

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Hong Kong rejects China-backed reform proposal

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 01:20