La vittoria politica della rivoluzione degli ombrelli 05.09.16

I leader della proteste di piazza a Hong Kong nel 2014, tra cui Nathan Law Kwun-chung, entrano per la prima volta nel Consiglio legislativo, il parlamento della Regione Amministrativa Speciale, dopo una vittoria senza precedenti del fronte democratico, in un'elezione caratterizzata da un'alta affluenza accolta con una certa freddezza dal regime di Pechino.

I 70 seggi del Consiglio legislativo sono eletti con un sistema multiplo che consente ai cittadini di eleggerne 35. Altri 30 sono vengono nominati da grandi elettori corporativi, mentre i restanti 5 sono considerati super seggi aperti solo a gruppi professionali.

From student leader to legislator, Nathan Law Kwun-chung transformed himself into one of the most popular Legislative Council candidates this year – and the youngest ever elected.
That title was previously held by veteran Democrat James To Kun-sun when he was elected in 1991 at the more advanced age of 28.

The 50,818 votes that swept Law into a legislative seat on Hong Kong Island reflected "support as well as trust" he said on Monday as he celebrated the first electoral victory of a student leader of the 2014 Occupy protests.

Law, who now heads the new Demosisto political party, became secretary-general of the Federation of Students following the 79-day pro-democracy movement in the city two years ago. He was one of five student leaders back then who sat at the negotiating table opposite Hong Kong's leading officials, led by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

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