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Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Parties Leading in Elections

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Parties Leading in Elections
Ballot counting officers start the counting process at a ballot counting centre in Hong Kong on early September 10, 2012. Photographer: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy parties won 18 of 35 seats in the geographical constituencies in yesterday’s legislative elections.

Ballot-counting continues for five seats elected in a city-wide ballot. The remaining 30 are picked by professional groups including finance, accountants and lawyers.

The pro-democracy bloc needs one third of the seats in the 70-member Legislative Council to retain veto power on important bills such as constitutional changes.

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