September 8, 2008
Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Keep Veto Power
Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong's newly elected legislature retained strength to veto any government effort to alter the territory's constitution.
Results of the Sunday elections for the 60-seat Legislative Council showed pro-democracy supporters had won 23 of the seats, the BBC reported. That is more than the one-third strength needed for veto purposed on the Chinese-administered autonomous region.
Turnout was low among the middle-class and upper-middle-class voters who make up the pro-democrats' main support, The New York Times reported.
The current government led by Chief Executive Donald Tsang kept the support of a majority of the Legislature, the Times said.
The BBC report said Hong Kong's elections are seen as the most open anywhere in China.