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Baby steps for democracy in Hong Kong vote

HONG KONG The results of the first citywide election since last year's Occupy protests show that more voters have swung to the pro-democracy camp, but it is too early to tell if there has been a fundamental shift in public sentiment.

     The Nov. 22 district council vote was widely regarded as the first test of whether the pro-democracy demonstrations, which lasted 79 days and paralyzed the city's financial center, would galvanize support for a drastic change in the political landscape. Despite some setbacks, the pro-Beijing camp came away the biggest winner, capturing about 70% of the 431 seats up for grabs.

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