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Government goes on attack over democrats' reform 'referendum'

by Gary Cheung and Eva Wu
SCMP, page A1 November 25, 2009


1. referendum
- a general vote by the electorate on a single political question which has been referred to them for a direct decision (Ref: The Oxford English Dictionary) -

2. ... key questions hanging over the plan
- delaying -

3. Martin Lee Chu-ming said he had been wrong in backing the resignation plan
- supporting -

4. ... saying mounting dissent amoung them was playing into Beijing's hands
- increasing opposing opinions -

5. ... to tell the public how to gauge their success
- measure -

6. ... they were still hammering out details
- laboriously working out -

7. one lawmaker from each of the five geographical constituencies would resign, triggering by-elections to create a de facto referendum
- group of voters who elect a representative to a legislative body -
- causing, provoking-
- real, existent -

8. He hoped the group would complete its discussion in the next two weeks, after which it would canvass the other pan-democrats.
- solicit votes from -

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