After months of protests demanding a voice in their governance, Hong Kong residents took advantage of their freest and fairest kind of ballot, delivering an overwhelming victory for pro-democracy candidates in district council elections. It was progress, said one winner, "towards a situation where we can fight back." Of the first 241 seats announced, pro-Beijing parties won only 28. The streets of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory remained calm during voting, as activists urged.
What does this mean? It could be bad news for the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's chief executive, Carrie Lam, as council members normally wield influence over filling her post.