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2008-09-08 09:00:13

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. Their victory, though two seats less than their current numbers in the legislature,...

2006-07-15 22:04:05

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang has hinted at the possibility of full universal suffrage in the city in 2012 amid calls by democracy activists for a timetable for its introduction, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Two years ago China ruled out a full vote for 2007, and tens of thousands of demonstrators and a high-profile former senior civil servant in the British Colony, Anson Chan, have since demanded that Tsang and Beijing set a date for full...

2006-06-30 22:53:00

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of people were expected to turn out for a democracy march in Hong Kong on Saturday marking the ninth anniversary of the former British colony's return to Chinese rule. Pro-democracy lawmakers and activists have made a publicity push in the past week to convince people to attend, and the Apple Daily newspaper estimated on Saturday that as many as 50,000 people could join the protest, an annual event in the city of nearly 7 million people. In a move...

2005-12-27 07:45:29

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao gave no hint on a timetable for universal suffrage for Hong Kong on Tuesday and said any change must be gradual, a week after lawmakers there rejected Beijing-backed election reforms. During talks in Beijing, Hu underscored China's support for Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang, and said the purpose of the financial hub's 'one country, two systems' model was to let the city's people rule themselves. "But just as in...

2005-12-22 03:57:26

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Communist leaders criticised Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers on Thursday for blocking an election reform package that the government argued would have made the territory more democratic. Analysts said the rejection of the reforms late on Wednesday would slow the political reform process, hurt whatever goodwill had sprouted between the government and the democrats and sow political confusion -- at least in the short term. But some...

2005-12-21 22:05:55

By Brian Rhoads BEIJING (Reuters) - China criticized Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers on Thursday for blocking a controversial election reform package, saying it ran counter to public opinion and the desires of the Chinese central leadership. The pro-democracy lawmakers voted down the controversial package on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the city's leader, Donald Tsang, who argued that it was a major step toward democracy. A Chinese cabinet office spokesman said China and Hong...

2005-12-21 21:09:54

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday criticized Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers for blocking a controversial election reform package, saying it was unwilling to see a result that ran counter to public opinion. The pro-democracy lawmakers voted down the controversial election reform package on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the city's leader, Donald Tsang, who argued that the package was a major step toward democracy. A Chinese cabinet office spokesman said China and Hong Kong's...

2005-12-07 06:35:49

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Beijing is likely to hint at the possibility of giving full democracy to Hong Kong by 2017 to win over pro-democracy lawmakers opposed to the city government's election reform proposals, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. China, however, quickly denied the report. Citing an unidentified source close to Beijing, the South China Morning Post said the hint would be delivered by a Chinese state leader in a vaguely worded statement. "The central government may hint...

2005-12-05 06:32:16

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang's firm stance in the face of a massive protest march on Sunday has set the scene for a showdown with pro-democracy legislators over an unpopular election reform package, analysts said on Monday. They said the protesters, numbered at a quarter of a million by organisers and 63,000 by police, sent a clear message to Tsang and his Communist Party bosses in Beijing about the desire for democracy in Hong Kong. "This is...

2005-12-04 08:57:53

By John Ruwitch and Wendy Lim HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands marched in Hong Kong on Sunday demanding a timeframe for direct elections, but the city's Beijing-anointed leader stood firm on reforms that his critics say are inadequate. With organizers putting the number of protesters at quarter of a million, the march could irritate China's Communist Party leaders and embarrass Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang. Police said the five-hour march drew 63,000 protesters,...