The prodemocracy candidate for legislator Edward Yiu congratulates his rival Vincent Cheng, pro-Beijing, after the recount of votes in the partial legislative of Hong Kong, on March 12, 2018
The pro-democracy camp was unable to regain all its seats in the partial legislative on Sunday in Hong Kong, so the movement favorable to Beijing could consolidate its majority.
The elections were called after some deputies had been removed from office after having protested during the oath of office, at the beginning of their mandate, in 2016.
China has considerably hardened the tone against any form of contestation of its sovereignty over this British ex-colony and prohibited the candidacies of some moderates because they defended the self-determination of the city.
In 2016, Beijing succeeded in getting six deputies who had voluntarily changed the oath formula removed from their positions. Some were veterans of the fight for democracy in Hong Kong, others were members of a new radical movement calling for independence.
On Sunday, four of the six vacant seats were elected.
But, after a long recount, on Monday morning it was learned that the prodemocracy side could only keep two of the four seats.
From now on it will have 26 seats in the Legislative Council (Legco), an organ of which only half of the members are chosen by universal suffrage, and the rest, by interest groups related to Beijing.
The Democrats strengthened their ability to block some important laws that required a two-thirds majority for approval, but now they have lost significant veto power in other laws.
In 2014, with the „Umbrella Revolution“, Hong Kong experienced its biggest political crisis since its retrocession to China in 1997 after 155 years of British presence.
The partial legislative on Sunday coincided with the decision of the Chinese Parliament to abolish the limitation of presidential mandates, giving free rein to Xi to impose its long-term vision of a superpower increasingly subject to the Communist Party.
Among the seats to be attributed on Sunday, was that of Nathan Law, visible face of the 2014 response, along with Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow.
Chow, 21, was planning to stand for Law’s seat, but the Hong Kong executive banned him from doing so in January because she defends Hong Kong’s self-determination. The candidate from his movement, Au Nok-hin, was elected on Sunday.