8 Sep 2008

Hong Kong groups retain veto power

4:21 pm on 8 September 2008

Pro-democracy parties in Hong Kong have won more than one third of seats in weekend elections, winning enough seats to retain influence over future political reforms.

They won 19 of the 30 directly elected seats on Sunday and at least two seats in other constituencies, voted upon by commercial groups.

The result means the Democratic Party, Civic Party and other factions retain the power to veto legislation in the legislature.

Hong Kong was promised universal suffrage for both its legislature and chief executive when Britain handed back the territory to China in 1997, but no specific timetable was set.