‘RIDICULOUS’:The unfair election system in Hong Kong should be a reminder to Taiwanese to ensure freedom for future generations, DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui said
Date: Mar 28, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
The election of Beijing’s favored candidate, former Hong Kong chief secretary for administration Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥) as the territory’s new chief executive shows that China’s “one country, two systems” framework, which guarantees a high degree of autonomy to the territory, is an empty promise, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus said yesterday.
Despite her low popularity, Lam won Sunday’s election with 67 percent of the votes cast by the Election Committee.
There are 3.7 million registered voters in Hong Kong, but the chief executive is elected by a 1,194-member committee, making the vote a “bird cage” election, whereby Hong Kongers are represented by a small number of individuals, DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) said.
The election bankrupted the “one country, two systems” framework and weakened the little confidence Taiwanese had in Beijing, Wu said. [FULL STORY]