Hong Kong's legislature has rejected a Beijing-based electoral reform proposal on how to select the city's next leader.
Just eight lawmakers voted in favor of the bill, according to The South China Morning Post, after around three dozen pro-Beijing lawmakers staged a surprise walk-out a moment before the ballot.
The bill had required two-thirds support in the 70-seat Legislative Council, or 47 votes, for passage. As expected, all 27-pan-democractic legislators voted against the proposal.
The proposed electoral reforms grant Hong Kong's citizens the right to vote for their next chief executive in the 2017 for the first time, but under the condition that candidates would be pre-screened by a nominating committee - a major point of controversy among many of the city's five million eligible voters.