Hong Kong’s electoral system is undergoing a major overhaul. The Chinese parliament gave the green light on Thursday. Critics fear that the pro-democratic opposition in the former British crown colony will now be further sidelined.

The newspaper writes that the way has been opened for the largest electoral reform in the metropolis since 1997.

The United Kingdom transferred Hong Kong to the communist People’s Republic in that year. He promised Hong Kong would have an autonomous status for another half a century. The city has its own legal system and Parliament, although not all parliamentarians are directly elected by the voter.

China has already introduced a controversial security law and is now strengthening its grip on Hong Kong even further.

State media reports that the composition of the Electoral College electing Hong Kong’s senior executive is changing. Hundreds of members are added Who are considered pro-Beijing. Seats currently reserved for local directors in Hong Kong are expected to be deleted. These politicians often belong to the opposition camp.

In addition, there will be a committee to judge candidates for the Hong Kong electoral college and Parliament. In fact, this means that members who are regarded as insufficiently “patriotic” can soon be excluded. The Hong Kong Parliament will also have dozens more seats.

According to the newspaper, The Chinese parliament, the National People’s Congress, has authorised its Standing Committee to further develop the reforms.

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