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HK Vetoes China-Backed Electoral Reform - 19 Jun 2015 
Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-backed electoral reform package criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, easing for now the prospect of fresh mass protests in the financial hub.

The rejection had been expected and will likely appease some activists who had demanded a veto of what they call a "fake" democratic model for how the Chinese-controlled territory chooses its next leader in 2017.

But it was a setback for Beijing's Communist leaders, who said in response that they remained committed to universal suffrage for Hong Kong but signaled no further concessions to the pro-democracy opposition.

Beijing had pressured and cajoled the city's pro-democracy lawmakers to back the blueprint that would have allowed a direct vote for the city's chief executive, but with only pre-screened, pro-Beijing candidates on the ballot.

The vote came earlier than expected, with only 37 of the 70 members of the Legislative Council, known as "legco", present. Of these, 28 legislators voted against the blueprint and eight voted in favor, while one did not cast a vote. 
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June 18, 2015 
Pro-democracy lawmaker and I.T. advocate Charles Mok is surrounded by veto signs during his speech at... 
Hong Kong, China 
Pro-democracy lawmaker and I.T. advocate Mok is surrounded by veto signs during his speech at the Legislative... 
Pro-democracy lawmaker and I.T. advocate Charles Mok is surrounded by veto signs during his speech at the Legislative Council meeting in Hong Kong, China, June 18, 2015. Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers appeared to be standing firm in their pledge to veto Beijing-backed electoral reforms, as the Asian financial center's legislature debated the package that will define its democratic future. REUTERS/Bobby Yip 
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RTX1H02U 
June 18, 2015 
Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo carrying a yellow umbrella, a symbol of the Occupy Central movement,... 
Hong Kong, China 
Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo carrying a yellow umbrella, a symbol of the Occupy Central movement,... 
Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo carrying a yellow umbrella, a symbol of the Occupy Central movement, leaves after voting at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 18, 2015. Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package that had been criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as flawed and undemocratic. REUTERS/Bobby Yip 
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RTX1GTOJ 
June 17, 2015 
Signs symbolizing veto to a Beijing-backed electoral reform are displayed by pro-democracy lawmakers... 
Hong Kong, China 
Signs symbolizing veto to a Beijing-backed electoral reform are displayed by pro-democracy lawmakers... 
Signs symbolizing veto to a Beijing-backed electoral reform are displayed by pro-democracy lawmakers during a Legislative Council meeting in Hong Kong, China June 17, 2015. More than a thousand people converged on Hong Kong's Legislative Council early on Wednesday before lawmakers debate a Beijing-backed electoral reform plan that could trigger fresh protests in the Chinese-controlled city. REUTERS/Bobby Yip TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 18, 2015 
Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo reacts beside a veto sign during the Legislative Council meeting in... 
Hong Kong, China 
Pro-democracy lawmaker Mo reacts beside a veto sign during the Legislative Council meeting in Hong Kong... 
Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo reacts beside a veto sign during the Legislative Council meeting in Hong Kong, China, June 18, 2015. Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers appeared to be standing firm in their pledge to veto Beijing-backed electoral reforms, as the Asian financial center's legislature debated the package that will define its democratic future. REUTERS/Bobby Yip 
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RTX1H1IC 
June 18, 2015 
Lawmakers supporting a Beijing-backed electoral reform, meet journalists after a voting at Legislative... 
Hong Kong, China 
Lawmakers supporting a Beijing-backed electoral reform, meet journalists after a voting at Legislative... 
Lawmakers supporting a Beijing-backed electoral reform, meet journalists after a voting at Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 18, 2015. Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package that had been criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as flawed and undemocratic. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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RTX1GZXG 
June 18, 2015 
Pro-democracy lawmakers chant slogans after voting inside Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June... 
Hong Kong, China 
Pro-democracy lawmakers chant slogans after voting inside Legislative Council in Hong Kong 
Pro-democracy lawmakers chant slogans after voting inside Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 18, 2015. Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package that had been criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as flawed and undemocratic. The Chinese characters on the banner read "Restart electoral reform to guard Hong Kong. Will not give up to fight for real universal suffrage". REUTERS/Bobby Yip TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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RTX1H158 
June 18, 2015 
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying meets journalists in Hong Kong, China June 18, 2015, after... 
Hong Kong, China 
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying meets journalists in Hong Kong 
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying meets journalists in Hong Kong, China June 18, 2015, after Hong Kong's legislature vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package. The package was criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, easing for now the prospect of fresh mass protests in the financial hub. REUTERS/Bobby Yip 
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RTX1H098 
June 18, 2015 
Pro-democracy protesters, carrying yellow umbrellas, symbol of the Occupy Central movement, and banners,... 
Hong Kong, China 
Pro-democracy protesters take part in a rally outside Legislative Council in Hong Kong 
Pro-democracy protesters, carrying yellow umbrellas, symbol of the Occupy Central movement, and banners, take part in a rally outside Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 18, 2015. Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package that had been criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, potentially easing the prospect of fresh mass protests. The banners read, "I need real universal suffrage". REUTERS/Liau Chung-ren TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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RTX1GVFP 
June 17, 2015 
A pro-China supporter gives a thumbs up as he walks with a Chinese flag during a demonstration outside... 
Hong Kong, China 
A pro-China supporter gives a thumbs up as he walks with a Chinese flag during a demonstration outside... 
A pro-China supporter gives a thumbs up as he walks with a Chinese flag during a demonstration outside Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 17, 2015. Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers appeared to be standing firm on Wednesday in their pledge to veto a Beijing-backed electoral reform plan, as the Asian financial centre's legislature debated the package that will define its democratic future. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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RTX1GPCM 
June 16, 2015 
Flagbearers lower a Chinese national flag beside a banner set up by pro-democracy protesters outside... 
Hong Kong, China 
Flagbearers lower a Chinese national flag beside a banner set up by pro-democracy protesters outside... 
Flagbearers lower a Chinese national flag beside a banner set up by pro-democracy protesters outside Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 16, 2015. Hong Kong's leader warned on Tuesday that violence will not be tolerated, a day after authorities arrested 10 people and seized suspected explosives ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform package this week. Security has been stepped up across the Chinese-ruled city, including at government buildings and train stations, as it braces for a fresh showdown over plans for how its next leader is elected in 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 16, 2015 
Police officers stand around a man, suspected of a bomb-making plot ahead of an electoral reform vote,... 
Hong Kong, China 
Police officers stand around a man, suspected of a bomb-making plot ahead of an electoral reform vote,... 
Police officers stand around a man, suspected of a bomb-making plot ahead of an electoral reform vote, as he is brought to an abandoned former Asia Television Limited (ATV) studio for investigation in Hong Kong, China June 16, 2015. Hong Kong's leader warned on Tuesday that violence will not be tolerated, a day after authorities arrested 10 people and seized suspected explosives ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform package this week. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 17, 2015 
A general view of a Legislative Council meeting before a Beijing-backed electoral reform is debated in... 
Hong Kong, China 
A general view of a Legislative Council meeting before a Beijing-backed electoral reform is debated in... 
A general view of a Legislative Council meeting before a Beijing-backed electoral reform is debated in Hong Kong, China June 17, 2015. More than a thousand people converged on Hong Kong's Legislative Council early on Wednesday before lawmakers debate a Beijing-backed electoral reform plan that could trigger fresh protests in the Chinese-controlled city. REUTERS/Bobby Yip 
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June 18, 2015 
A panel showing the voting result, after many pro-China lawmakers left in between voting, is displayed... 
Hong Kong, China 
A panel showing the voting result, after many pro-China lawmakers left in between voting, at Legislative... 
A panel showing the voting result, after many pro-China lawmakers left in between voting, is displayed at Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 18, 2015. Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package that had been criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as flawed and undemocratic. REUTERS/Bobby Yip 
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June 17, 2015 
A pro-democracy protester hold banners which read "I want real universal suffrage" during a demonstration... 
Hong Kong, China 
Pro-democracy protester hold banners which read "I want real universal suffrage" during a demonstration... 
A pro-democracy protester hold banners which read "I want real universal suffrage" during a demonstration outside Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 17, 2015. Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers appeared to be standing firm on Wednesday in their pledge to veto a Beijing-backed electoral reform plan, as the Asian financial centre's legislature debated the package that will define its democratic future. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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RTX1H0CK 
June 18, 2015 
Pro-democracy legislators hold yellow umbrellas, symbol of the Occupy Central movement, as they speak... 
Hong Kong, China 
Pro-democracy legislators speak to protesters outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong 
Pro-democracy legislators hold yellow umbrellas, symbol of the Occupy Central movement, as they speak to protesters, after a China-vetted electoral reform package was vetoed, outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 18, 2015. Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package that had been criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, potentially easing the prospect of fresh mass protests. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
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RTX1H06H 
June 18, 2015 
Pro-democracy protesters celebrate with yellow umbrellas, symbol of the Occupy Central movement, after... 
Hong Kong, China 
Pro-democracy protesters celebrate with yellow umbrellas outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong,... 
Pro-democracy protesters celebrate with yellow umbrellas, symbol of the Occupy Central movement, after a Beijing-backed electoral package was rejected, outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 18, 2015. Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package that had been criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as flawed and undemocratic. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
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RTX1GPCO 
June 16, 2015 
Flagbearers lower a Chinese national flag (L) and a Hong Kong flag beside a banner set up by pro-democracy... 
Hong Kong, China 
Flagbearers lower a Chinese national flag beside a banner set up by pro-democracy protesters outside... 
Flagbearers lower a Chinese national flag (L) and a Hong Kong flag beside a banner set up by pro-democracy protesters outside Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 16, 2015. Hong Kong's leader warned on Tuesday that violence will not be tolerated, a day after authorities arrested 10 people and seized suspected explosives ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform package this week. Security has been stepped up across the Chinese-ruled city, including at government buildings and train stations, as it braces for a fresh showdown over plans for how its next leader is elected in 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip 
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June 17, 2015 
Pro-democracy protesters carrying yellow umbrella, symbol of the Occupy Central movement, demonstrate... 
Hong Kong, China 
Pro-democracy protesters carrying yellow umbrella, symbol of the Occupy Central movement, demonstrate... 
Pro-democracy protesters carrying yellow umbrella, symbol of the Occupy Central movement, demonstrate in front of pro-China supporters outside Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China June 17, 2015. More than a thousand people converged on Hong Kong's Legislative Council early on Wednesday before lawmakers debate a Beijing-backed electoral reform plan that could trigger fresh protests in the Chinese-controlled city. REUTERS/Bobby Yip 
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