Latest News Wires 'Fake democracy'? China tightens restrictions on Hong Kong election

China's guidelines allow a maximum of three candidates, each approved by a 1,200-member nominating committee, will be put forth to Hong Kong's 5 million eligible voters in 2017. The public will have no say in choosing candidates, raising fears of what some have termed 'fake democracy.'

By , Associated Press

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China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen."