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Hong Kong election set to field no pro-democracy candidates

Beijing-led process designed to shut out opposition politicians

Officials empty a ballot box during the election committee vote in September.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The upcoming legislative election here is strongly expected to have no pro-democracy candidates on the ballot under changes engineered by the central Chinese government in Beijing.

Hong Kong starts taking applications Saturday from Legislative Council hopefuls for the Dec. 19 vote.

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