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Doomed democracy (02 May 2004)


On 26 April 2004, the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) categorically ruled out the two direct elections (or dual universal suffrage) in 2007/08 and stipulated that the 1:1 ratio of functional to geographical constituency seats shall remain. Qiao Xiaoyang (Deputy General Secretary, NPCSC) says the business sector must be protected. Businessmen, like Ronnie Chan Chi-chung, are fearful of universal suffrage and they oppose to a reduction in functional constituency seats. Analysts stress the significance of communication between the Central Government and pro-democracy members despite Qiao's refusal to meet with those pro-democracy legislators deemed as radicals.

Pearl Report
Publish Date: 
Sunday, May 2, 2004
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