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HK Election Reform Setback
 NO. 52 DECEMBER 24, 2015

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying speaks at a press conference on June 18 after the Legislative Council vetoed a motion for proposed universal suffrage for the selection of the region's next chief executive (IC) 

The Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on June 18 vetoed a motion for proposed universal suffrage for the selection of the region's next chief executive.

A total of 28 LegCo lawmakers voted against the motion. According to a decision by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, the motion needs to be endorsed by at least two thirds of all 70 lawmakers--47 votes.

That means that in 2017, the fifth chief executive of the HKSAR will be selected by the Election Committee, the same way the previous elections were held.

Hong Kong's first chief executive was elected by a 400-member Selection Committee, while the second, third and fourth chief executives were elected by the Election Committee--its membership has increased from 800 to 1,200 over time.

After the veto, HKSAR Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying said at a press conference that the electoral reform conformed to the HKSAR Basic Laws as well as the decision of China's top legislature. It was the best arrangement according to Hong Kong's current situation, he added.

Various public polls showed that a majority of Hong Kong citizens were in favor of universal suffrage and approved of the electoral reforms.

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