Hong Kong Elections to Go Ahead On Schedule, Finance Chief Says

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Hong Kong plans to hold Legislative Council elections on Sept. 5 as scheduled, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang said on Saturday in an interview with a local radio station.

Tsang said he couldn’t provide further details on the procedures for the elections because reforms might be implemented.

Hong Kong Elections to Go Ahead On Schedule, Finance Chief Says

The elections, which were delayed for a year due to the pandemic, come amid moves by China to neutralize the pro-democracy camp. Authorities last year passed a sweeping national security law that has been used to curtail free speech, while also imposing a patriotism test to disqualify some lawmakers -- a move that prompted opposition members in the legislature to resign en masse in November.

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