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China plans to 'improve' Hong Kong's electoral system

Mar 05, 2021 13:22 IST | By Editorji News Desk

China plans to bring in sweeping changes to Hong Kong's electoral system, a move aimed at crushing disset.

During its annual parliamentary meeting on Thursday, Zhang Yesui, National People's Congress spokesperson announced that China’s national legislature planned to rewrite election rules in Hong Kong to ensure that the territory was run by patriots, which Beijing essentially defines as people loyal to government and the Communist Party.

State media Xinhua reported that the proposed changes include adjusting the size, composition and formation of the Hong Kong's election committee which is responsible for selecting the city's chief executive.

Chinese officials have also insisted that only those who prove their loyalty to Beijing may hold office.