Protestors shout slogans in support of Hong Kong activist Ken Tsang (pictured on placard) outside the High Court after he dropped an appeal bid in Hong Kong on March 21, 2017.
The protesters were attacked by the police with pepper spray.
The reform blueprint was vetoed in 2015 by pro-democracy lawmakers as “fake” Chinese-style democracy.
The government should invest in the future of Hong Kong by transforming this creative and energetic city into a post-production hub and world leader in virtual reality technology. The backlash reflects mainstream opinion since mass pro-democracy protests erupted 3 years ago.
A Hong Kong election committee has elected Carrie Lam, Beijing’s favoured candidate, to be the city’s next Chief Executive. With the victor being picked by 1,194 members of the Election Committee, protests are expected as the people are demanding for radical political reforms in the quasi-autonomous state.
It was eventually voted down in parliament by pro-democracy lawmakers and reforms have been shelved ever since.
Since then the political reform process has been shelved.
Lam’s popularity began to slip just as a younger generation of protesters rose to prominence, and tumbled further during the course of her election campaign this year.
Tsang, in contrast, is highly popular because of his easygoing persona and deft use of social media.
Mrs Lam is nicknamed the nanny because of her background running numerous government projects, while Mr Tsang is referred to as Mr Pringles because he resembles the moustachioed character on United States crisp packets.
Pro-democracy members hold more than a quarter of the seats in the committee.
What’s at stake in Hong Kong’s election? She will only tell us what Beijing wants, and won’t reflect what the people want from the communist regime.
Image copyright AP Image caption Carrie Lam has the support of China’s leaders – but Hong Kong residents are not convinced Who’s in the lead? China’s third-highest ranking official again said Beijing holds the right to appoint the chief executive, suggesting it may reject a candidate it doesn’t like.
Lam will take office on July 1, succeeding Leung Chun-ying.
She won 777 of the 1,163 valid votes cast, the returning official said, a result that is likely to shore up Hong Kong’s perception that China isn’t adhering to the “one country, two systems” policy that entitles the former British colony to greater freedom and political choice than prevails in the mainland.
This is the fifth leadership election since Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule in 1997.
A devout Catholic and a student of sociology at the University of Hong Kong, Lam took part in social activism before joining the government.
But for activist Wong, the fight for a more representative political system remains a priority.
Analysts say that irrespective of the election outcome, pro-independence sentiments will continue to gain momentum in Hong Kong.