Hong Kong legislators reject China-backed reform bill

June 18, 2015 12:02 PM

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Hong Kong legislators reject China-backed reform bill

Hong Kong (CNN)A bill proposed by the Chinese government that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to vote for their next leader -- as long as the candidates were approved by Beijing -- has been rejected by Hong Kong's legislature.

In a vote Thursday, 28 out of Hong Kong's 70 lawmakers rejected the proposal. Eight voted in favor.

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