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June 18, 2015
Political showdown in Hong Kong ahead of key reform vote
Hong Kong (AFP) June 17, 2015
Hong Kong lawmakers laid bare the city's entrenched political divide Wednesday as they locked horns over a reform package ahead of a key vote that pits democracy campaigners against the government. Their debate on the Beijing-backed electoral roadmap will end in a vote later this week, marking the culmination of a fraught chapter which saw tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets last year. Pro-democracy lawmakers are widely expected to unite against the bill, denying it the two thir ... read more

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