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China warns Hong Kong against taking foreign voting model: Report

Published on Mar 6, 2014 10:24 PM
 

HONG KONG (AFP) - A Chinese official warned on Thursday of possible "disastrous results" if Hong Kong adopts a foreign electoral system as it mulls political reform, according to a report.

Changes to the political system are a highly charged issue in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city, regularly sparking protests in favour of greater democracy.

China has promised the former British colony it will be able to elect its next leader in 2017, but has ruled out demands that voters should be able to choose which candidates can stand for the post.

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of China's National People's Congress, reiterated in Beijing that the southern city must carry out democratic reform based on its own laws, according to a Hong Kong delegate also attending the annual NPC session in the Chinese capital.

 
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