Hong Kong election reform blocked in legislature

Beijing-backed reform package that led to 11-week standoff last year has been blocked by lawmakers.

Hong Kong election reform blocked in legislature

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Beijing-backed election reform package was blocked by pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong’s legislature Thursday.

During the second day of debates, the South China Morning Post reported that 27 pan-democrats and one pro-establishment lawmaker voted against the proposals that led to 11-week protests last year.

Only eight votes were cast in favor of the package after around 30 pro-establishment lawmakers walked out shortly before the vote in a move that has yet to be explained.

The government needed two-thirds majority support in the 70-member legislature to pass the measures, which would allow Hongkongers to vote for chief executive candidates approved by a body loyal to Beijing in 2017 elections.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Haziran 2015, 13:20