Hong Kong (CNN)China's rubber-stamp parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal on "improving the electoral system" of Hong Kong, further restricting the ability of people in the city to freely elect their leaders.

Members of the National People's Congress in Beijing voted 2,895 in favor of the proposal, with no votes against and one abstention.

The passage of the "draft decision" was considered all but inevitable after the Chinese government announced plans to revamp Hong Kong's electoral system earlier this month. Votes at the NPC are considered largely ceremonial, with the parliament not known to vote against legislation submitted by the country's leaders.

The stated goal of the draft changes, which came on the closing day of the annual meeting, is to ensure that only "patriots" govern Hong Kong, a definition which Chinese officials have made clear requires not only loyalty to the country, but loyalty to the Communist Party.

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