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Beijing extends the mandate of Hong Kong MPs and supports postponing the elections

August 11, 2020

The National People’s Congress, the main Chinese legislative body, has unanimously agreed to extend the mandate of the current Hong Kong MPs for another year in order to ultimately support the postponement of the elections that should take place this year.

The Standing Committee of the Chinese Congress gave the go-ahead for this change after Hong Kong Prime Minister Carrie Lam addressed the delay in the new legislative period due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Asian giant’s official media.

Hong Kong authorities have defended the postponement of the elections as a necessary measure to contain the pandemic, while local activists as well as foreign governments like the United States have described the delay as disproportionate.

Beijing extends the mandate of Hong Kong MPs and supports postponing the electionsBeijing extends the mandate of Hong Kong MPs and supports postponing the elections

With its latest move, Beijing is deepening its commitment to the former British colony, which it already imposed a new national security law this year, which is also being questioned by the local opposition and the international community.

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