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China People's Congress

China approves Hong Kong election overhaul bill

Beijing-controlled committee will have authority over legislative candidates

Police officers raise China's and Hong Kong's flags at a ceremony in Hong Kong on Thursday. The National People's Congress approved the electoral system proposal almost unanimously.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- China's top decision-making body passed a resolution on Thursday to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system, moving forward with a dramatic plan that is expected to empower a Beijing-controlled committee to vet candidates for the city's legislature and effectively remove opposition voices.

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