Hong Kong Candidate Tony Chan Stunned by Victory in Second By-election

HONG KONG, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Pro-establishment candidate Tony Chan took the second of Hong Kong’s two by-election seats on Sunday, in a shock victory over Alvin Yeung, his pro-democracy rival, according to the results of the race..

Chan’s win in the Hong Kong Island West constituency was seen as a sign of waning support for the pro-democracy camp and comes just months before a full legislative election is due to take place..

The business executive and former government minister secured 53.7% of the vote, compared with 43.2% for Yeung, the former deputy chairman of the Democratic Party, who had previously held the seat..

Chan’s victory was the second for the pro-establishment camp in recent months, after Kingsford Siu won a seat in the Kowloon West by-election in March. The wins have given the pro-establishment camp a two-thirds majority in the legislature, which gives it the power to pass laws without the support of the pro-democracy camp..

The by-elections were triggered by the resignations of two pro-democracy lawmakers, who had been disqualified from the legislature after they were convicted of taking part in an illegal assembly..

The pro-democracy camp had hoped to win the by-elections and regain some of the momentum they had lost in recent months. However, the victories of Chan and Siu have shown that the pro-establishment camp is still a formidable force in Hong Kong politics..

The by-election results are likely to have a significant impact on the upcoming legislative election, which is scheduled to take place on December 19. The pro-establishment camp will be hoping to maintain its two-thirds majority in the legislature, while the pro-democracy camp will be hoping to regain some of the ground it has lost..

The legislative election will be the first major test of public opinion in Hong Kong since the enactment of a new national security law in June 2020. The law has been criticized by the pro-democracy camp, which says it has been used to suppress dissent in the city..

The pro-establishment camp says the law is necessary to maintain stability and security in Hong Kong. It is expected to be a major issue in the upcoming legislative election..

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