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Hong Kong's political overhaul: Five things to know

Candidate hopefuls to face many new obstacles in running for office

Anyone running for legislative office in Hong Kong will now be required to be screened for their patriotism to China and support for the country's national security interests.    © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Activists have campaigned for decades to bring full democracy to Hong Kong, and China promised -- when it resumed control of the city from Britain in 1997 -- to work toward introducing universal suffrage.

But changes to the city's legislature -- the Legislative Council -- and election system approved this week by the National People's Congress Standing Committee in Beijing will erect new hurdles for anyone seeking to run for office as well as diminish the public's role in electing both legislators and the city's chief executive.

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