Hong Kong’s pro-democracy motion has suffered a setback at a very powerful by-elections which ended in them dropping their all vital veto within the former British colony. The democrats gained handiest two of 4 seats contested within the 70-seat Legislative Council and now grasp handiest 26 seats within the chamber, one wanting with the ability to block maximum expenses. That they had was hoping to sign in a protest vote in opposition to Beijing with Sunday’s poll. Many in Hong Kong are apprehensive that the area's semi-autonomous standing is being eroded by means of China. The by-election marked the primary time the democratic camp has misplaced its long-standing veto energy by means of the poll field. Starry Lee, the chief of town's biggest pro-Beijing birthday party, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Growth of Hong Kong (DAB), mentioned: "The leap forward on this by-election is a shot of self assurance for our supporters and for individuals who hope Hong Kong can transfer ahead and forestall losing power with in-fighting." The 4 seats had been in the past held by means of pro-democracy lawmakers who had been expelled once they defied Beijing at their oath-taking rite. Any other two seats are but to be contested. A person faces off with pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong, left, as he and different campaigners accumulate to give a boost to by-election candidate Au Nok-hin Credit score: AFP Handiest 43 % of eligible citizens solid ballots in Sunday's vote, less than the 58.three % in 2016's city-wide vote. Some observers say the pro-democracy camp faces difficulties overcoming pro-Beijing politicians as it isn’t unified. Democrats quilt a large spectrum, from pro-independence activists to extra centrist politicians. Britain passed Hong Kong again to Chinese language rule in 1997, and freedoms are supposedly secure within the metropolis by means of the 'one nation, two techniques' rule.