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Hong Kong Moves Against Democracy

By Compiled From Wire Services

Hong Kong’s new government, which took office with the hand-over to China a week ago, moved Tuesday to establish a new electoral system that is likely to sharply limit the presence of pro-democracy candidates in future legislatures while ensuring dominance of pro-business and pro-Beijing lawmakers.

Pro-democracy politicians denounced the government’s move as a retreat from the political liberties and rights that were enjoyed by Hong Kong residents under British colonial rule.

At the same time, the government, led by Tung Chee-hwa, who was appointed by Beijing, announced substantial reductions in the number of voters who could take part in the elections to be held for a new legislature next year.

“Our key considerations,” said Nicholas Ng, a senior civil servant charged with enacting Tung’s electoral plans, “are to have an open and fair election, to achieve a balanced participation of all groups and individuals, and to constitute a credible legislature.”

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