June 18, 2015: A controversial Beijing-backed election have been rejected by the legislators in Hong Kong that reform package after a session of impassioned and fiery debate.
Before the vote was to take place pro-government lawmakers walked out of the council chamber moments. In the election of the territory’s leader the reforms would have given China the right to vet candidates. labeling it fake democracy, the divisive plan sparked mass protests with pro-democracy activists.
Similarly, the 37 lawmakers left voted and the motion was rejected with 28 opposing it and eight supporting it after the pro-China legislators walked out of the chamber but it needed at least 47 votes to pass which means Hong Kong’s next chief executive will be selected, as before, by a 1,200-member committee, that is currently stacked with Beijing loyalists.