Hong Kong takes next step on political reform

Hong Kong will take the next step in its contentious political reform process Wednesday when the government unveils new proposals for how the city should choose its next leader. Tensions remain high following more than two months of mass protests for fully free elections that failed to win concessions for pro-democracy campaigners. China has pledged that voters in Hong Kong can elect the city’s next chief executive in 2017 — the first time there has ever been a public vote. The consultation document will be presented to Hong Kong’s de facto parliament and posted online so that residents can give their views.

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