Explainer – How Hong Kong’s new election law will reshape legislature

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By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong holds a legislative assembly election on Sunday in which candidates have been vetted for “patriotism” and pro-democracy candidates are largely absent, having declined to run or been jailed or forced into exile. The reshaping of the Legislative Council is the first major restructuring of Hong Kong’s political system since the territory’s return to China from British rule in 1997. WHY IS THE ELECTION SIGNIFICANT? This is the first citywide election to be held under a national security law imposed by China that took effect in June 2020. Critics say…

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