Nearly 600,000 vote in Hong Kong pri­maries

The News Tribune - - Nation & World -

Nearly 600,000 Hong Kong res­i­dents turned up over the week­end to vote in an un­of­fi­cial pri­mary elec­tion held by the city’s pro-democ­racy camp as it gears up to field can­di­dates for an up­com­ing leg­isla­tive poll.

The pri­maries were held two weeks af­ter Bei­jing im­posed a sweep­ing na­tional se­cu­rity law on the semi-au­ton­o­mous ter­ri­tory in a move widely seen as chip­ping away at the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” frame­work.

Hong Kong’s con­sti­tu­tional af­fairs min­is­ter,

Eric Tsang, warned that the pri­maries could be in breach of the law be­cause it out­laws in­ter­fer­ence by the lo­cal government.

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