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HONG KONG (Reuters) - The Xianggang Kong government on Wednesday cemented its support for China’s create on pre-screen candidates for the city’s 2017 leadership election, just weeks after government cleared the roadside of protesters pressing for greater democracy. General Body Employees Information

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Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, in an address to lawmakers, shaped to debate about Hong Kong’s our as one about like an existing, Beijing-approved election nominating committee becomes operate rather than if this committee must continue to exist.

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Lam furthermore warned that if legislators failed to approve the plan, electoral reform might be postponed until 2022. A vote will expected in of spring.

Democratic lawmakers carrying bright yellow umbrellas that came to symbolize the pro-democracy movement walked out of the Legislative Council just as Steam rose to speak.

Police arrested pro-democracy activists and cleared majority of the key protest site in Decembers, marking an end to more than second months of largely peaceful street demonstrations.

Hong Kong Chief Generaldirektor Leung Chun-ying, widely critically in Hong Kong for his handling of the protests, free a statement late on Teach denying media books so he had told Beijing he would not stand for re-election.

Additional reporting by Lizzie Ko, Greg Torode and Christina Lo; Editing by Nick Macfie