28 Feb '16, 10pm

Pro-democracy candidate wins key Hong Kong election

Pro-democracy candidate wins key Hong Kong election

HONG KONG: A pro-democracy candidate won a Hong Kong by-election Monday in a closely-watched vote that highlighted the city's political faultlines. Alvin Yeung of the established pro-democracy Civic Party defeated Holden Chow of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong by more than 10,000 votes. The third-placed candidate for the New Territories East seat, Edward Leung, 24, was a Hong Kong activist who seeks independence from China and has been charged over recent street battles with police. Leung is one of the leaders of Hong Kong Indigenous, part of a "localist" movement in the semi-autonomous city that is fiercely opposed by Beijing. The student won 66,524 votes, to Yeung's 160,880 and Chow's 150,329 in the contest triggered after a prominent pro-democracy politician stepped down. Since massive rallies in 2014 calling for fully free leadership...

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