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China NPC: Beijing set to overhaul Hong Kong electoral system

Added 03-05-21 03:04:02am EST - “The changes will be discussed at China's largest political meeting which has kicked off in Beijing.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “China NPC: Beijing set to overhaul Hong Kong electoral system”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

China announced at its biggest political meeting that it will overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system to ensure "patriots" are in charge, a sign that the government will no longer tolerate dissent in the city.

A draft decision will be discussed during the National People's Congress (NPC), which will run for a week.

Besides the Hong Kong decision, the rubber-stamp parliament is expected to also discuss and approve economic growth targets and environmental policies from the central government.

NPC vice-chairman Wang Chen announced on Friday that Beijing would change how the city's electoral committee is formed, and give it new powers over Hong Kong's law-making body, the Legislative Council (LegCo).

The electoral committee - which is stacked with Beijing supporters - would be able to nominate LegCo candidates and elect a "relatively large" share of its members, he said.

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