Just a quick post about local elections in Hong Kong. You can view the results here.
In short, not much has changed in terms of balance between democrats and pro-beijing forces. However, there was some re-balancing within these forces with each managing to knock off some leaders from the other.
Perhaps more importantly is the more radical pro-democracy forces have done rather well, while the moderates have seen losses.
How this will play out remains to be seen.
I wouldn't say the moderate democratic forces lost. They gained less than the Neo-Dems (which unfortunately owe much of its popularity to an anti-immigration, almost nativist call), but all netted at least nominal gains (or at worse the same seat totals). The mainstream Democrats did lose raw votes because they ran far fewer candidates to make room for their coalition partners, but actually netted a seat (although a couple high profile Democratic incumbents lost, they were made up for). What did suffer substantial loses were the more moderate pro-Beijing parties. In total, you could say their was a slight polarization, but in reality little changed.ReplyDelete