Hong Kong postpones elections and opposition calls it “scandalous”

First published on July 31, 2020 / 8:20 AM Trending News

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U.S. Hong Kong has recorded 3,273 infections as of Friday, more than double the tally on July 1. “Beyond any doubt, this is the most scandalous election ever in Hong Kong history,” Wong said at a news conference Friday. LAM YIK / REUTERS

The postponement is a setback for the pro-democracy opposition, which was hoping to capitalize on disenchantment with the current pro-Beijing majority to make gains. The government has tightened social distancing restrictions, limiting public gatherings to two people, and banned dining-in at restaurants after 6 p.m. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

“We want to ensure fairness and public safety and health, and need to make sure the election is held in an open, fair and impartial manner. The Hong Kong government is invoking an emergency ordinance in delaying the elections. Hong Kong postpones elections by year, claiming virus concerns, but opposition calls move “scandalous”

July 31, 2020 / 8:20 AM
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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced Friday that the government will postpone highly anticipated legislative elections by one year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. “Incumbent pro-democracy legislators, who represent 60% of the public’s opinion, collectively oppose the postponement and emphasize the responsibility of the SAR government to make every effort to arrange adequate anti-epidemic measures to hold elections in September as scheduled,” the statement said, referring to the territory’s official name, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. A group of 22 lawmakers issued a statement ahead of the announcement accusing the government of using the outbreak as an excuse to delay the vote. sells record amount of corn to China

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“Otherwise, it is tantamount to uprooting the foundation of the establishment of the SAR.” The city of 7.5 million people has had a surge in coronavirus infections since the beginning of July. The lead-up to the elections has been closely watched, after a national security law that took effect in late June stipulated that candidates who violated the law would be barred from running. On Thursday, 12 pro-democracy candidates including prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong were disqualified from running for not complying with the city’s mini-constitution or pledging allegiance to the local and national governments. “I wish to emphasize that no reasonable man would think that this election ban is not politically driven.” “Beijing has staged multiple acts to prevent the opposition bloc from taking the majority in the Hong Kong legislature,” he said. The new law is seen as Beijing’s attempt to curb dissent in the city, after months of pro-democracy and anti-government protests in Hong Kong last year. “The announcement I have to make today is the most difficult decision I’ve had to make in the past seven months,” Lam said at a news conference. Lam said the government has the support of the Chinese government in making the decision. This decision is therefore essential,” she said. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, wearing a face mask following a new COVID-19 outbreak, at a news conference in Hong Kong on July 31, 2020.