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Public role in Hong Kong vote rejected

HONG KONG — Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong has rejected letting the public nominate candidates to run for leader, in the strongest sign yet from China that it won’t allow the former British colony to freely choose its next leader.

Zhang Xiaoming said in an open letter that a provision in the city’s mini-constitution requires candidates to be chosen by a ‘‘broadly representative nominating committee.’’

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