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Hong Kong elections show public thirst for political change

Government must heed message sent by opposition's landslide

Victorious pro-democracy district council candidate Kelvin Lam, right, shakes hands with Erica Yuen, who unsuccessfully sought the same seat in two previous elections.   © Kyodo

The historic victory by pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong's district council elections on Nov. 24 should be taken by the territory's government as a sign that the political status quo cannot stand.

The vote was essentially a referendum on the protests that have rocked the city since June. The democratic camp won more than 80% of the 452 elected seats. At 71.2%, turnout was the highest in any election in the territory since its 1997 handover from the U.K.

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