Hong Kong’s new amendment by NPC

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  • March 20, 2021
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Hong Kong’s new amendment by NPC

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – International relations

In news

  • The National People’s Congress (NPC) of China has recently approved a decision on improving Hong Kong’s electoral system.

Key takeaways

  • This paves the way how Hong Kong shall choose its leaders.
  • It gives Beijing-appointed politicians greater power in running the HKSAR’s politics.
  • Now, the size of the Legislative Council will be expanded to 90, with the additional 20 members joining the 35 others who are nominated, thus reducing the share of directly elected representatives.
  • The amendment also bestows greater power on a newly expanded Election Committee of 1,500 nominated members, up from 1,200 previously.
  • The most controversial change is the setting up of a new “candidate qualification review committee”, which “shall be responsible for reviewing and confirming” the qualifications of candidates for Election Committee members, the Chief Executive, and Legislative Council members.

Do you know?

  • Hong Kong is the Special Administrative Region (SAR) that has been ruled under the “one country, two systems” model.

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