Hong Kong Passes Controversial “Patriot” Electoral Reform Law

Hong Kong’s parliament, the Legislative Council (LegCo) has passed on Thursday the controversial electoral reform law, aimed at keeping people China deems “unpatriotic” from positions of political power.

The electoral reform will allow a pro-China panel to vet and elect candidates, reducing democratic representation.

Critics said it was designed to “remove all opposition from the city’s parliament,” allowing Beijing to have hardened its control over Hong Kong.

Earlier, China has passed sweeping changes to Hong Kong’s electoral rules which will tighten its control over the city which has drawn widespread condemnation, including from United States, European Union, and the United Kingdom.

HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who said that the new vetting committee will not discriminate against people for their political views, but rather remove any “non-patriots,” soon sign the law, will soon sign the law.

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