NPCSC approves extending Legco term for one year

Local | 11 Aug 2020 4:18 pm

The National People's Congress Standing Committee has unanimously passed the decision to extend the current Legislative Council term for a year this afternoon, sources said.

The four incumbent pro-democracy lawmakers, who have been disqualified from running in the now-postponed election, are expected to be allowed to retain their seats.

On July 31, the Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor invoked emergency powers to postpone the Legco elections originally scheduled for September 6 for a year due to the severe coronavirus epidemic situation.

Her decision led to questions on whether the disqualified lawmakers, Civic Party's Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok, as well as Kenneth Leung woud be allowed to serve an extended term.

The term of the current Legco ends on September 30.

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