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The Hong Kong government is postponing elections for a year

Hong Kong Chief Govt Carrie Lam has introduced that the town’s legislative elections might be delayed for a yr on account of a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus.

The announcement was made at a press convention on July 31. It was lined by the South China Morning Put up (SCMP), CNBC, and different information organizations. The postponement of the elections got here sooner or later after the federal government’s broadly reported choice to disqualify pro-democracy figures from working as candidates.

Lam mentioned that she was legally utilizing emergency powers and that the nationwide authorities of mainland China had agreed together with her choice, the SCMP famous.

Lam added that the election, which had been scheduled for September 6, 2020, can be held on September 5, 2021, in accordance with CNBC.

COVID-19 in Hong Kong

Lam advised the press {that a} resurgence of the COVID-19 virus was the principle motive for her postponement of the elections to the town’s Legislative Council (Legco). The legal guidelines of Hong Kong [VIDEO] permit the chief government to postpone elections if the general public’s security can be endangered, in accordance with CNBC.

Lam was quoted by the SCMP as saying the postponement of the elections was essentially the most troublesome choice she had made for the reason that virus got here to Hong Kong seven months in the past. She mentioned, “We have to be on excessive alert on a regular basis and reply,” in accordance with the SCMP.

Reactions inside and outdoors of Hong Kong

CNBC famous that earlier than the July 31 announcement there had been suspicions that the federal government would postpone the elections. On July 30, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo known as for the elections to be held directly, CNBC recalled.

Joshua Wong, one of many pro-democracy activists who had been disqualified from working within the election, rejected the federal government’s claims to be appearing out of concern for public security.

“Utilizing pandemic as an excuse to postpone the election is certainly a lie,” he mentioned in a put up on Twitter which was quoted by CNBC.

1/ Utilizing pandemic as an excuse to postpone the election is certainly a lie. Previously 6months the govt. didn’t deter the influx throughout the border, resulting in the rebound at this time.

— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷 (@joshuawongcf) July 28, 2020

A bunch of 22 pro-democracy politicians launched an announcement that was quoted within the SCMP.

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The assertion claimed that regardless of the COVID-19 virus 60 international locations or localities across the World had managed to carry elections on schedule or with a slight delay, the SCMP mentioned. For her half, Lam asserted that greater than 60 governments had delayed elections since July 15, the SCMP reported.

Hong Kong turns to Beijing

CNBC famous that the September 6 election would have been the primary time Hongkongers had gone to the polls for the reason that new nationwide safety regulation went into impact on June 30. There had been fears that the regulation would stifle democratic opposition to the federal government, CNBC recalled.

At her press convention, Lam mentioned the postponement of the elections had raised unresolved authorized questions which might be settled by the Nationwide Folks’s Congress Standing Committee in Beijing, the SCMP famous.

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