HONG KONG LEADER UNVEILS VOTE REFORM PLAN

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s leader will unveil the government’s vision for electoral reform on Tuesday as public pressure for democracy grows and activists pledge to take over the city if their demands are not met. Discontent has escalated over what is seen as increasing interference from China and Beijing’s insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city’s next leader in 2017. It is not clear what exactly will be in the document, which chief executive Leung Chun-ying will present on Tuesday afternoon and submit to Beijing. A government statement described it as “a report on whether there’s a need to amend the methods for selecting the chief executive in 2017.” Local media reports say that it will lay out various voting options without committing to one in particular.

AFP

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