Controversial electoral blueprint released in Hong Kong

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Pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong stormed out of the council chambers Wednesday after the government released a proposal about election procedures for selecting the city’s next leader in 2017.

Controversial electoral blueprint released in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong stormed out of the council chambers Wednesday after the government released a proposal about election procedures for selecting the city’s next leader in 2017.

The electoral blueprint is in-line with last year’s proposal that sparked months of crippling pro-democracy demonstrations.

Current Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying maintains it’s what the majority of people want.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LEUNG CHUN-YING, SAYING:

“And obviously, as you’ll read in the constitution report released today, we have fully and truthfully reflected the views of Hong Kong people including LegCo (Legislative Council) members to the Central authorities.”

Outside the legislature Wednesday, demonstrators in favor of the blueprint faced off with protesters who are against it.

According to the proposal, only candidates who are vetted by China will be allowed to run in 2017, a point pro-democracy demonstrators say negates the entire electoral process.

(SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) DEMONSTRATOR HOLDING YELLOW UMBRELLA, TAM TAK CHI, SAYING:

“Why are we being offered fake universal suffrage? Those from mainland China want to buy genuine, real things, so why are those demonstrators flying the mainland flag, supporting fake universal suffrage?”

The opposition democratic camp holds a one-third veto bloc.

Lawmakers will vote on the proposal early this summer.

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