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Hong Kong's 'patriotic' electors take seats as public voice fades

Overhaul ensures pro-Beijing leadership; opposition vows to play role on sidelines

Changes to Hong Kong's system for choosing its chief executive and lawmakers have further sidelined opposition forces.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Fifteen hundred Hong Kong "patriots" will take their seats on Friday in a revamped Election Committee responsible for deciding the city's leader and selecting about half its lawmakers -- a development seen as the latest step to tighten the Chinese government's control and stifle any opposition.

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