Elections in Hong Kong

IAS Prelims 2023

Hong Kong voters voted today in the specially administered Chinese city’s most crucial election since the handover from Britain in 1997.

The outcome could pave the way for a fresh round of political confrontations over China’s control of the city.

The vote is for a 70-seat legislative council in which Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition is hoping to maintain a one-third veto bloc in the face of better mobilized and funded pro-Beijing rivals.

Hong Kong, the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” agreement that promised to maintain the global financial hub’s freedoms and separate laws for at least 50 years, but gave ultimate control to Beijing.