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HK pro-democracy parties lose ground in local vote

HK pro-democracy parties lose ground in local vote

Pro-Beijing parties have trounced the opposition as Hong Kong voters expressed discontent with pro-democratic parties in local elections that may predict the outcome of more important polls next year.
Results from Sunday's poll were released early Monday for individual candidates, but the government did not immediately provide a breakdown by political party.
The South China Morning Post newspaper says candidates from major parties that support the central government in China won 146 of 412 seats while those from mainstream pro-democracy parties lost ground, garnering only 54 seats.
While district councillors wield little power, analysts say the outcome could foreshadow a tougher struggle for pro-democracy candidates in legislative elections next year, which could make it harder to move toward a fuller democracy.


Updated : 2021-03-08 18:32 GMT+08:00