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Hong Kong puts electoral reform package to legislature

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The Hong Kong government unveiled a long-awaited electoral blueprint for selecting the city’s next leader to lawmakers on Wednesday, in a plan that reflected China’s desire for a tightly controlled poll that is likely to rile democracy activists.

The controversial government proposal comes after massive pro-democracy protests rippled across the financial hub last year, and analysts said the blueprint – which will be voted on by lawmakers in early summer – could once again stir political tension after a lull of several months.

“As of now, we see no room for any compromise,” Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters ahead of the official unveiling and as hundreds of flag-waving protesters – both for and against the proposal – gathered outside the Legislative Council.

The blueprint for the proposal that the public votes on two to three candidates pre-selected by a 1,200 member pro-Beijing nominating committee was first outlined by China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, last August.

(Reporting by Clare Baldwin, James Pomfret, Clare Jim, Donny Kwok and Bobby Yip)-thestar

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