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Hong Kong Democrats Retain Veto Bloc in Legislative Elections
reports early monday indicated that some pro-democracy incumbents lost their seats, but anti-establishment candidates won at least 23 seats overall - 19 in geographic constituencies, four in functional constituencies .
hong kong pro-democracy candidates, audrey eu (r) and tanya chan of the civic party celebrate after the legislative council election, 08 sep 2008 hong kong's pro-democracy parties have lost less ground than expected to pro-establishment parties backed by beijing in sunday's legislative poll .
currently, only half of hong kong's 60-member legislative council is directed elected by voters, with the rest chosen by special interest groups .
political analysts said a low voter legislaturnout and infighting could have hurt anti-establishment candidates .