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How the Pro-Democracy Election Victory Could Calm Hong Kong

Nov 26, 2019 | 00:48 GMT
Hong Kong residents celebrate the results of local council elections on Nov. 25.

The display of support for opposition candidates in Hong Kong's local council elections on Nov. 24 could help the city's pro-democracy forces push their agenda.

(BILLY H.C. KWOK/Getty Images)

Nearly 3 million of Hong Kong's 4 million registered voters expressed their disapproval of the city's current government in a decisive local election on Nov. 24 that reduces the Hong Kong authorities' political potency and also gives the opposition and protest movement a mandate to push against Beijing's control. In theory, the huge electoral victory gives only a marginal political boost to the opposition in an institution that is otherwise heavily tilted in favor of the pro-establishment forces and ultimately controlled by Beijing. Nevertheless, the opposition now has much stronger backing to promote its pro-democracy agenda....

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