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China slashes number of elected seats in Hong Kong legislature

Hopefuls will be vetted by security officials to exclude 'unpatriotic' elements

HONG KONG -- Publicly elected representatives will hold just over one-fifth of seats in Hong Kong's next legislature, down from a majority, under constitutional changes adopted in Beijing on Tuesday.

Candidates will also be required to pass two rounds of screening with two national security bodies and a Beijing-controlled committee all vetting hopefuls for patriotism and support for national security before they can face voters.

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