A woman walks past a government advertisement promoting Hong Kong electoral reforms, following Chinese parliament's approval of a new electoral system reform plan, in Hong Kong, China March 30, 2021.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and several city officials, including the Secretary for Justice, all issued separate statements praising China’s move.
“I firmly believe that by improving the electoral system and implementing “patriots administering Hong Kong”, the excessive politicisation in society and the internal rift that has torn Hong Kong apart can be effectively mitigated,” Lam said.
Beijing had promised universal suffrage as an ultimate goal for Hong Kong in its mini-constitution, the Basic Law, which also guarantees the city wide-ranging autonomy not seen in mainland China, including freedom of speech.
He expects the democratic candidates to get at most one-sixth, or around 16 seats, in Legco after the reforms.
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