- Hong Kong’s to be elected leader will be made to choose the legislature.
- The changes are part of a draft decision submitted in a meeting of the National People’s Congress, China’s ceremonial legislature.
- Half of the city’s now 70-member Legislative Council is directly elected by voters.
- The selection of the 1,200-member Election Committee will be adjusted.
A largely pro-Beijing committee that elects Hong Kong’s leader will also choose a large part of the legislature, a top Chinese official announced Friday as part of a major revamp that will increase central government control over Hong Kong politics.
Wang Chen, vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee mentioned that the changes are part of a draft decision submitted on the opening day of the weeklong meeting of the National People’s Congress, China’s ceremonial legislature.
The Election Committee is said to participate in the nomination of candidates for Hong Kong’s legislature and also elect “a relatively large share” of its members. The size, composition and selection of the 1,200-member Election Committee is also said to be adjusted, and the city’s leader will continue to be elected by the committee.
Currently, half of the city’s now 70-member Legislative Council is directly elected by voters. The other half is elected by professional or special interest groups from sectors such as insurance, engineering and agriculture.
With the largely pro-Beijing election committee nominating all candidates for the legislature, opposition figures could be barred from running in elections.