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Hong Kong has postponed legislative elections year because of COVID outbreak

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The parliamentary elections in Hong Kong are postponed due to the outbreak of the corona virus, reporting local media based on sources. Regional leader Carrie Lam is expected to announce the decision on Friday.

The number of new Coronas attacks in Hong Kong has been rising for some time. On Thursday 149 positive tests were reported, the highest number since the virus was first detected in the Chinese region at the end of January.

It is not yet clear when the elections will be held. Local media report that the delay is likely to last a year.

The parliamentary elections would be the first since the protests in spring 2019 against a controversial extradition proposal. Although that bill was withdrawn after a few months, the demonstrations did not end out of dissatisfaction with the government.

The pro-democratic camp was hoping to make a big profit in the elections on 6 September, just as it did in last year’s district elections. The movement hoped to benefit from the discontent with the government and the security law recently introduced by Beijing.

On Thursday, it was announced that twelve Pro-Democrats, including Joshua Wong, would not be allowed to participate in the elections. According to the authorities, it has been proven that they cannot support the Basic Law, a kind of mini-constitution. It does not rule out the possibility of more candidates being disqualified.

According to Wong, the reasons for disqualifying him are “invalid and ridiculous.” In a statement, he mentions the controversial Security Act “a legal weapon used against dissidents”.




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