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By-Election Climbdown; Where does the Heung Yee Kuk get its power? (08 Jul 2011)

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It's climbdown after climbdown. The government's plan to scrap by-elections in the event of the resignation of geographically-elected lawmakers resigning or dying mid-term met with controversy from the outset. The government says it prevents abuse of the system. The democrats say it disenfranchises the population. The government said it wouldn't budge. Then it changed its proposal, saying this was the final position. Now it's withdrawn even the revised plan from debate in Legco because it doesn't have enough votes to pass it, and is finally having a pulblic consultation.The recent confrontation between tthe Heung Yee Kuk and the administration over the issue of illegal structures on village houses, highlights once again the political clout of the rural organisation. But what are the historical origins of that political clout? Almost every Hong Kong government has approached the Kuk with kid gloves.

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, July 8, 2011
Station: 
RTHK
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