Divided democrats dealt blow in Hong Kong polls
HONG KONG (AFP) - The leader of Hong Kong's Democratic Party resigned on Monday after the party performed poorly in weekend legislative elections, despite a high turnout and strong support for full democracy.
The results give the pro-democracy camp the "critical minority" it needs to veto constitutional amendments ahead of a key debate about universal suffrage in the coming four-year term of the legislature.
But official results showed the best-known pro-democracy party won only four seats, down from eight, in the new 70-seat assembly, prompting chairman Albert Ho to offer an emotional apology to the party faithful.
"For the serious failure in this election I have to accept full political responsibility as the chairman of the Democratic Party," Mr Ho said after bowing before the television cameras at a press conference. He attributed the party's poor performance in Sunday's vote to a split in the democratic camp and the popularity of radical candidates, not to a fall in support for democracy.