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Pro-independence candidate banned from Hong Kong election

HONG KONG -- Edward Leung, a member of pro-independence party Hong Kong Indigenous, was barred Tuesday from competing in the city's legislative elections Sept. 4 on grounds that his political views run afoul of Hong Kong's de facto constitution.

The 25-year-old is a leading figure in the "localist" movement, which calls for the democratization of Hong Kong and distance from mainland China. Leung received 15% of the vote in a February by-election, thanks to his popularity among youths, and was widely expected to win a seat on the Legislative Council if he ran next month.

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