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Hong Kong delays election to September 2021 due to spike in COVID-19 infections

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Elections for Hong Kong's parliament - previously scheduled for September 2020 - will be postponed due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

 

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam said the election will now be held on 5 September 2021, and the decision is aimed at "safeguarding people's health".

 

She said it was the "hardest choice" she has made in the past seven months, adding that the government has the support of the Chinese government in making the decision.

 

Hong Kong is dealing with a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, registering more cases this week than at any other point during the pandemic. The city recorded 3,273 infections as of Friday, more than double the tally on 1 July.

 

The move comes after 12 pro-democracy candidates, including activist Joshua Wong and current members of the Legislative Council, were disqualified from standing in the elections.

 

Candidates were barred from standing because of the lack of support for the sweeping national security law imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing, for previously calling on foreign governments to sanction Hong Kong and Chinese mainland officials, and for promising to block government legislation if elected to the LegCo as opposition members.

 

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Not sure why Hong Kong needs elections anymore. All meaningful opposition leaders are disqualified,academic freedom is gone, speech is stifled .....

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On 8/1/2020 at 3:55 AM, MarkVal said:

Not sure why Hong Kong needs elections anymore. All meaningful opposition leaders are disqualified,academic freedom is gone, speech is stifled .....

Last attempt at window-dressing. 

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She said it was the "hardest choice" she has made in the past seven months, adding that the government has the support of the Chinese government in making the decision.

 

I am sure the Chinese government would be happy if there were no more elections.  However, she has a script for Trump to follow!

 

Vote in November if Trump allows!

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On 8/4/2020 at 4:29 AM, mlmcleod said:

She said it was the "hardest choice" she has made in the past seven months, adding that the government has the support of the Chinese government in making the decision.

 

I am sure the Chinese government would be happy if there were no more elections.  However, she has a script for Trump to follow!

 

Vote in November if Trump allows!

Come September 2021, they will find another reason to delay.... Until there are no longer any elections... RIP Free Hong Kong..

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