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HK democratic opposition fails to regain veto power

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(L-R) Pro-democracy candidates Paul Zimmerman, Au Nok-hin, Gary Fan and Edward Yiu pose on the podium after the Legislative Council by-election in Hong Kong. Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp failed yesterday to regain some veto power in the city’s legislature in a pivotal by-election held Sunday. The camp struggled to draw what they hoped would be protest votes against creeping control from Communist Party rulers in Beijing. The democrats won only two of four seats, with the opposition now left one seat short from having the power to block most bills in the 70-seat legislative chamber. The by-election marked the first time the democratic camp has lost its long standing veto power via ballot box, raising fresh questions over the future of the struggle for democracy and autonomy in Hong Kong.

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