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Hong Kong Legislature opens debates on electoral reform

Hong Kong Legislature opens debates on electoral reform

Beijing, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Hong Kong's Legislative Council on Wednesday began the debates on the reforms to the electoral mechanism, approved by the National People's Congress of China (Parliament) to strengthen the implementation of the 'One country, two systems' principle.
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HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed hope that the lawmakers will also support the project in late May to then give way to the organization of local elections, scheduled for December.

Other members of her administration insisted on the need and urgency of adopting the modifications as they believe that they will help fill the gaps in the current law.

On March 30, the Chinese Parliament unanimously approved the amendment of the methods to elect Hong Kong’s chief executive, form the roster of the Legislative Council and its voting procedures.

In addition, it gave green light to other bills related to the appointment and removal of personnel in the special administrative region.

That same day, Chinese President Xi Jinping promulgated the adopted texts. According to local media, the announced reforms are another big step to improve Hong Kong’s political and legal structure, after a national security law was introduced there last year.


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