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Beijing endorses radical electoral system reform, opposition prevented

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                The overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral law passed by the standing committee of the Beijing National People's Congress now makes it extremely difficult for the opposition to stand for the Legislative Council of the Special Administrative Region. 

                                    <p><em>With our correspondent in Beijing,</em> <strong>Stephane Lagarde</strong>

Not surprisingly, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in Beijing adopted the overhaul of the electoral law in Hong Kong. 167 hands raised, 0 against.

The stated objective of the China is to ensure that only the ” patriots »Conductor Hong Kong. This amendment to Annexes I and II of the Basic Law of the Special Administrative Region therefore adds a series of filters to the Electoral Code.

First, the overhaul will allow the establishment of a powerful candidate verification committee that can say who is ” patriot Or not, and therefore who is legitimate or not to stand for election. This decision will be made on the basis of information provided by the National Security Unit within the Hong Kong Police.

Only 20% of deputies elected by direct universal suffrage

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Other important roadblocks: the reduction in the number of directly elected seats from 35 to 20 and the fact that the electoral committee enlarged to 1,500 members (1,200 increased by 300 new members), and controlled by the central power, will now be able to send 40 representatives in the Legislative Council (Legco) in an assembly which goes from 70 to 90 seats.

This text also provides for greater weight given to voices from the corporate sector and business circles generally close to l’establishment, as well as the elimination of the 117 seats resulting from the elections of districts where the opposition is generally in the majority.

These nomination criteria are even stricter for candidates for the post of chief executive, who must be nominated by at least 15 members from each sector. The current chief executive, Carrie Lam, hinted at a press conference on Tuesday noon that dissenting voices will be authorized, as long as they are ” patriots ».

► To read also: Democracy in Hong Kong: Beijing acts the end of “one country, two systems”

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