Hong Kong: Pro-Beijing candidates sweep controversial LegCo election
Pro-Beijing candidates have claimed a victory in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo) election, as the city saw its lowest-ever voter turnout.
It was the first LegCo election since China made sweeping and controversial changes to the city’s electoral system.
Officials argue the changes were needed to ensure stability, but critics say they weakened democracy.
On Monday, Beijing also unveiled a statement outlining “democracy with Hong Kong characteristics”.
In a white paper released hours after election results were announced, China said Hong Kong was now entering a new stage of “restored order” as a result of these Beijing-introduced changes.