Hong Kong Candidate Tony Chan Sees Election as a Referendum on Beijing

HONG KONG — Tony Chan, a 47-year-old economics professor who became the first Hong Kong candidate to win a LegCo by-election in a straight fight with a pro-Beijing opponent, said he saw his victory as a referendum on the central government’s policies in the city..

Chan, who ran on a platform of restoring Hong Kong’s autonomy and fighting for democratic reforms, secured 52.7 percent of the vote in Sunday’s by-election for the Hong Kong Island West constituency. His rival, pro-Beijing candidate Judy Chan, received 42.1 percent of the vote..

Speaking to reporters after his victory, Chan said he believed his win was a clear sign that the people of Hong Kong were dissatisfied with the current state of affairs in the city..


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