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Hong Kong election plan would add seats for religious representatives

Catholic World News - December 30, 2010

The government of Hong Kong has announced plans to increase the number of religious representatives of a commission that will choose the chief executive of the Chinese territory in 2012.

The Election Committee is composed of 800 members; the new government plan would increase that number to 1,200. The new plan also provides for increasing the number of designated representatives of Hong Kong’s religious communities: Confucian, Catholic, Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim, and Protestant. Each would have 10 seats on the commission under the proposed plan.

Catholic Church representatives have been lukewarm regarding the plan, noting that it remains far from a fully democratic system of election.

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