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Hong Kong legislature sits without democrats after exodus

Hong Kong legislature sits without democrats after exodus

12/11/2020 6:25:00 AM

Hong Kong legislature sits without democrats after exodus

HONG KONG : Hong Kong 's legislature sat empty of pro-democracy lawmakers on Thursday (Nov 12) after the bloc said they would resign en masse, ...

Hong Kong's leader is chosen by pro-Beijing committees, but half of its legislature's 70 seats are directly elected, offering the city's 7.5 million residents a rare chance to have their voices heard at the ballot box.Scuffles and protests would routinely break out in the chamber, with the pro-democracy minority often resorting to filibustering and other tactics to try to halt bills they oppose.

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AdvertisementThe resignations will leave just two legislators outside the pro-Beijing camp.The United States warned after Wednesday's move of further sanctions against China, which it said had"flagrantly violated" Hong Kong's autonomy.

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