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Voters choose new Hong Kong electors under pro-Beijing laws

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Hong Kong, September 19

Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that will choose the city’s leader in the first polls on Sunday following reforms meant to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty.

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The Election Committee will select 40 of 90 lawmakers in the city’s legislature during elections in December, as well as elect the Hong Kong leader during polls in March next year.

In May, the legislature amended Hong Kong’s electoral laws to ensure that only “patriots” ndash; people who are loyal to China and the semi-autonomous territory ndash; will rule the city. The committee also was expanded to 1,500 members.

Results are expected Sunday night. — AP

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