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Political reform in Hong Kong unlikely even after pan-democrats' landslide victory, say observers

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HONG KONG - The pan-democrats are celebrating their resounding victory in Sunday's district council elections but political observers, while acknowledging that the results send a clear message to Beijing, believe the road to political reform is fraught with obstacles.

The general consensus among those contacted by The Straits Times was that the months-long anti-government protests will continue and Beijing will tighten its grip on the city.

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