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Hong Kong Legislature Rejects Political Reform Package

Hong Kong lawmakers have voted down a controversial election reform package that lacked a clear deadline for the Chinese territory to become fully democratic.

The government fell short of the six votes needed from the opposition to pass the proposal in the 60-seat legislature Wednesday. The measure needed 40 votes to pass, but only 34 lawmakers voted in favor of it.

Pro-democracy lawmakers who were against the package say they want a timetable outlining when Hong Kong citizens will be able to vote directly for their leader and lawmakers.

Hong Kong made concessions on Monday, amending the electoral reform package in the hope of winning wider support. But critics said the amended proposal lacked the crucial timetable.

Earlier this month, tens of thousands of people marched in Hong Kong to demand full democracy.

Some information for this report provided by AP.