BREAKING: Beijing unanimously approves Hong Kong election overhaul, reducing democratic representation

China’s top legislative body has approved major changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system, with the 167 members present all voting in favour of the overhaul, according to local media. The move reduces the number of seats in the legislature which are democratically elected by the public, and introduces a vetting committee to pre-approve potential candidates. Local media on Tuesday cited Beijing loyalist Tam Yiu-chung – Hong Kong’s sole delegate to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) – as saying that members unanimously approved the amendments to Annex I and II of the …

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