Chinese Parliament Overhauls HK Elections

China’s parliament passed a resolution on Thursday changing Hong Kong’s electoral system, expecting to empower a Beijing-controlled committee to review candidates for the city’s legislature.

The Chinese officials proclaimed it as an “improved democratic electoral system with Hong Kong characteristics.” A total of 2,895 delegates favored the bill while no one voted against it and abstained.

The change of the electoral system will allow appointing more of Hong Kong’s lawmakers. 

Liaison Office, Beijing’s representative body in Hong Kong, said in a statement that the central authorities have “good intentions.”

“We expect all sectors of the community and the general public to take ownership of the work to amend the law and offer suggestions so that a strong positive energy can be gathered under the banner of patriotism and love for Hong Kong,” the statement said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in a statement that the central government will ensure the “accurate and comprehensive” implementation of the “one country, two systems” framework.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam welcomed and “strongly support” the passage of the new election as it will “ensure Hong Kong’s long-term stability and prosperity.”

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