Top Hong Kong officials to vet election candidates

Several – as yet unidentified – principal Hong Kong officials will sit on a new vetting committee which will assess the eligibility of election hopefuls as part of a controversial overhaul of the city’s electoral system imposed by Beijing on Tuesday. Just hours after China’s top legislative body unanimously approved major changes to Hong Kong’s election rules, Chief Executive Carrie Lam revealed the new candidate eligibility review committee will consist of a small group of top government officials, but did not elaborate on their identity. The Democratic Party said it was “very strange” for th…

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