Hong Kong Election Shows Growing Support for Independence Push

  • 'Localist' candidate secures 15% of vote for legislative seat
  • Result raises stakes for citywide elections in September

Edward Leung of the group Hong Kong Indigenous.

Photographer: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

A candidate charged over Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year riots won an unexpectedly high number of votes in a by-election, raising the possibility that parties seeking independence from China may influence results of citywide legislative elections later this year.

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