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Disappointing Electoral Outcome For Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Parties

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (Hong Kong), BBC (UK)

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HONG KONG – Hong Kong's pan-democracy wing has failed to capitalize on the growing anti-Chinese sentiment, after a disappointing outcome in the legislative council elections.

Albert Ho, the leader of Hong Kong's biggest pro-democracy party has announced he will step down as chairman after his party won only four seats, compared to eight seats in 2008.

The South China Morning Post reported Ho as saying: "In recent months, the public has been impatient with the current administration, and maybe some of them preferred to choose people who were much more aggressive in their stances and roles, that might cause some to lose votes."

However, the various pro-democracy groups - who oppose the current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his loyalty to Beijing - won 27 out of 70 seats and will therefore retain the power to veto major constitutional changes.

The disappointing outcome of the elections for the pro-democracy groups seems to demonstrate that the anti-mainland protests have begun to disperse, after Leung's policy reversal on the new pro-China school curriculum at the weekend.

Leung announced that the mandatory Chinese patriotism classes would now be optional, declaring: "The schools are given the authority to decide when and how they would like to introduce the moral and national education," the BBC reports.

The video below shows a 120,000 strong protest on Friday night in central Hong Kong.

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