Hong Kong lawmakers rejected the electoral reform backed by Beijing in a vote early today. The pro democracy lawmakers who voted against the proposal wanted open elections for the ruler of the City, but China offered only a vote among a few candidates pre-screened by a committee controlled by the Party. Beijing reacted saying that […]
China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee ruled against the aspirations of the people of Hong Kong to elect their next leader in 2017 by universal suffrage without restrictions, and established instead a system of election among “two or three” candidates screened by a nominating committee.
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, is going to present a report to Beijing requesting the start of the electoral reform process. His report should reflect strong demands from Hong Kong residents for genuine universal suffrage, Human Rights Watch said today in a press release.