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South China Morning Post

Pro-democracy lawmakers boycott Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam's speech in which she unveiled the government's election reform blueprint. Photo: Reuters

Pan-democrats and lawyers refused to accept the Hong Kong government’s electoral reform proposal for the 2017 chief executive vote – the blueprint of which was laid out by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor at the Legislative Council today.

Speaking after pan-democratic lawmakers staged a walkout, Civic Party Alan Leong Kah-hit said that if Hongkongers accepted the government’s reform package, it would be the “end of the game” for democratic development.

Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing reiterated that her party’s six lawmakers would veto the package.

Leong took issue with Lam’s remarks that while some people believe that the central or local governments should promise to improve the electoral model, “the ultimate goal” – which a Basic Law article states is universal suffrage…

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