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Chinese who ousted village leaders head to polls

Chinese who ousted village leaders head to polls

Villagers in southeast China who ousted local leaders they accused of stealing their farmland have begun voting for new leadership in much-watched elections.
Reformers are hoping the polls will set a standard for resolving the protracted disputes that beset China.
Huang Jinqi was among the thousands of villagers voting in the one-day ballot Saturday in Guangdong province's Wukan village. The 63-year-old said by telephone that the process was going smoothly, and appeared to be open and transparent.
China has allowed village elections for nearly three decades, but local Communist Party leaders _ the real power holders _ often try to manipulate the results.
By those standards, Wukan is conducting what seems to be one of China's freest elections.


Updated : 2021-07-31 18:17 GMT+08:00