China's Hong Kong Legislative Council on Thursday vetoed a motion of the proposed universal suffrage for selecting the region's next chief executive in 2017. After a nine-hour debate which started on Wednesday, 28 lawmakers of the Legislative Council voted against the motion while eight voted in favor.
Renewed conflicts broke out in Hong Kong between opposition radicals and reform advocates as the city's legislators exchanged fire on Wednesday during the first day of a historic debate on electoral reform.
China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government on Wednesday officially moved a motion concerning the amendment to the method for the selection of the chief executive in 2017 to the Legislative Council (LegCo) for debate.At the LegCo meeting, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam tabled the proposed method by universal suffrage which allows about 5 million eligible Hong Kong voters to have a say in choosing their next leader.
More Hong Kong residents support the government's reform plan than oppose it, a number of polls revealed Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's crucial meeting which will debate methods to elect the new chief executive in 2017.
Hong Kong police arrested 10 people late Monday, who were allegedly plotting to make bombs with explosives days ahead of this week's Legislative Council vote on a universal suffrage package.
Hundreds participated in a protest in Hong Kong to oppose the local government's proposed electoral reform package Sunday, with far fewer demonstrating than organizers had predicted.The protest kicked off Sunday afternoon as demonstrators marched from Victoria Park in Hong Kong Island to regional government headquarters in the Admiralty district.
A Hong Kong group which supports the government's electoral reform package plans to hold a demonstration outside the Legislative Council (LegCo) starting from June 17, when the region's legislature is set to vote on the package.
A Hong Kong lawmaker has called on all local legislators to join a Sunday meeting with senior central government officials to discuss Hong Kong's electoral development - ahead of next month's key vote on how the city's top leader will be elected in 2017.
An ongoing signature campaign in support of selecting chief executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by universal suffrage in 2017 has collected 960,972 names so far, the campaign organizer announced on Saturday evening.
The government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Saturday conducted a bus- parade across the region to promote the proposed universal suffrage package for the chief executive in 2017.
Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said on Wednesday that candidates of the region's next chief executive will be picked by a 1,200-member Nominating Committee as proposed earlier by the government.
Hong Kong's Chief Executive CY Leung on Tuesday said he has confidence in the constitutional reform proposal.
Several Hong Kong legal experts have proposed a draft of an anti-Hong Kong independence law, which aims to clamp down on behavior that encourages secession and prevent the spread of "separatism."
Two radical anti-mainland traders' groups launched their third protest Sunday in Hong Kong's New Territories, provoking clashes with local residents and forcing shops to close.
The Hong Kong government announced Wednesday that it would include one-off relief measures in its 2015 budget to help businesses and retailers that were affected by the Occupy protests, which ended late last year.
Hong Kong's government on Wednesday launched a second round of consultation on how the region should elect its chief executive in 2017. The current round will run for two months, with analysts saying the plan is vital for the future of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Wednesday announced the launch of the second round of public consultation on constitutional reform in the Legislative Council.