Mike Pompeo condemns HK elections delay

Local | 2 Aug 2020 5:06 pm

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has condemned Friday's decision to postpone Legislative Council elections by a year from September and urged that it be reconsidered.

A statement said the United States condemns the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone by one year upcoming Legislative Council elections originally scheduled for September 6.

“There is no valid reason for such a lengthy delay. It is likely, therefore, that Hong Kong will never again be able to vote – for anything or anyone. This regrettable action confirms that Beijing has no intention of upholding the commitments it made to the Hong Kong people and the United Kingdom under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a UN-registered treaty, and the Basic Law.

“For decades, the Hong Kong people have repeatedly demonstrated their desire and ability to hold free and fair elections,'' the statement said. “We urge Hong Kong authorities to reconsider their decision. The elections should be held as close to the September 6 date as possible and in a manner that reflects the will and aspirations of the Hong Kong people. If they aren’t, then regrettably Hong Kong will continue its march toward becoming just another Communist-run city in China.''

 

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