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Photo: Pro-Democracy advocates march in Hong Kong, Sunday, February 1, 2015. AFP Photo

Hong Kong will on Wednesday (Apr 22) unveil its long-awaited political reform proposals, which – if passed in parliament – will allow Hongkongers to pick their own leader for the first time in 2017.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong will unveil its long-awaited political reform proposals on Wednesday (Apr 22). The proposals, if passed in parliament, will allow Hongkongers to pick their own leader for the first time in 2017.

Pan-democratic lawmakers, however, have vowed to veto the bill, because of concerns it will only allow candidates pre-screened by Beijing to run for election.

There will be no surprises when Hong Kong’s number two Carrie Lam announces the government’s political reform proposals. They will stick closely to the guidelines of last year’s Aug 31 decision by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said a Legislative Council veto would deepen discontent in the city and make governance harder. Photo: EPA

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