Hong Kong asserts control of its political future

By voting down a Beijing-backed electoral bill, Hong Kong is telegraphing an unambiguous message: the city wants to control its own political process.

Hong Kong asserts control of its political future

In a milestone parliamentary vote that will shape the political future of Hong Kong, 28 lawmakers rejected a Beijing-backed electoral reform bill on Thursday, delivering a clear “No” to the central government.

Despite a lengthy ten-hour debate commencing from Wednesday, the outcome of the vote was seen by some as a foregone conclusion, as each of the legislature's 27 pro-democracy lawmakers has long vowed to vote down the bill, arguing it did not represent...

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