• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

China rejects open poll for Hong Kong

CHINA'S legislature has ruled against allowing open nominations in elections for Hong Kong's leader, a decision that promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub.

The legislature's powerful Standing Committee ruled all candidates for chief executive must receive more than half of the votes from a special nominating body before going before voters.

Hong Kong democracy activists have held massive protests calling for genuine democracy in the Chinese territory, over concerns candidates would continue to be screened to assess their loyalty to Beijing.

Activists have also decried the nominating committee held up by Beijing as beholden to Chinese leaders and were mobilising to stage massive protests against the decision.

Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People's Congress' Standing Committee, said openly nominating candidates would create a "chaotic society".

He said: "These rights come from laws, they don't come from the sky."

Contextual targeting label: 
Food and drink

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.