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Hong Kong leader unveils vote reform plan amid increasing discontent

Published on Jul 15, 2014 12:59 PM
 
Protesters hold up tablet computers showing an image of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at a pro-democracy rally seeking greater democracy in Hong Kong on July 1, 2014 as frustration grows over the influence of Beijing on the city. Hong Kong's leader will unveil the government's vision for electoral reform on Tuesday as public pressure for democracy grows. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - 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. It will also lay out options for the election of the city's legislative council in 2016.

 
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