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Saturday, 1 August 2020

Hong Kong government scared of democracy supporters, postponed election for one year citing Corona

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has postponed the Legislative Council (Parliament) elections to be held on September 6 for a year. He cited the rising coronavirus outbreak in the city. However, it is believed that the government of this semi-autonomous region of China has taken this step because of the victory of the pro-democracy agitators. Let us know that a few days ago the government disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates for the election.

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The ordinance will be brought soon

The Hong Kong government will soon bring an ordinance to legalize the decision to postpone the election by a year. Lam said the local government’s decision has full support from the Chinese government. Carrie Lam said in a press conference, ‘This was the toughest decision in the last seven months. We want to see people safe and sound. This decision is necessary if the election is conducted fairly. The Parliament of China will work to explore administrative and political options.

Enormous shock for the opposition

The postponement of elections is seen as a major setback for the pro-democracy opposition. The opposition believed that it would benefit from the displeasure of the National Security Act enacted by China on June 30 and would romp a majority in Parliament. Let me tell you that while they directly elect half of the members in Hong Kong parliament, half of the pro-Beijing members are appointed. An opposition group of 22 MPs said the epidemic was an excuse for delaying elections.

Hong Kong’s leading government lawyer resigns

Hong Kong’s leading government lawyer David Leung has resigned from his post. He said that he took this step because of differences with the city’s top legal officer. According to an e-mail to Reuters, David was marginalized after China implemented the new security law. David said in his email that he could not work with Hong Kong Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng. His resignation is a testimony to the government’s discomfort with the new system.

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Germany Suspends Extradition Agreement With Hong Kong

Germany has suspended the extradition agreement with Hong Kong. The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that they have decided after the adjournment of the Legislative Council election of Hong Kong, which is a British colony.

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