Hong Kong Passes Electoral Law That Reduces Power of Voters and Increases Beijing's Influence

Hong Kong Passes Electoral Law That Reduces Power of Voters and Increases Beijing's Influence

(HONG KONG) — Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday passed a bill amending electoral laws that drastically reduces the public’s ability to vote and increases the number of pro-Beijing lawmakers making decisions for the city. The number of legislators elected directly by Hong Kong voters will be cut to 20, from the previous 35. Pro-Beijing lawmakers lauded the bill during the debate on Wednesday and Thursday, saying that reforms would prevent those not loyal to Hong Kong from running for office. The changes to Hong Kong’s elections come as Beijing further tightens control over the semi-autonomous city that saw months of anti-government protest and political strife in 2019. China’s rubber-stamp parliament in March endorsed changes to the city’s electoral system, which then led to Hong Kong’s proposals.

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