Dennis Kwok to leave politics following disqualification

Local | 21 Nov 2020 3:48 pm

Ousted lawmaker Dennis Kwok Wing-hang said he would be leaving politics following his disqualification from the Legislative Council.

Kwok, who had been serving as the SAR's legal sector legislator since 2012, told a televised program that he didn't regret asking US authorities to impose sanctions against Hong Kong, which led to his disqualification.

He was among the four lawmakers who were stripped off their seats two weeks ago after the National People's Congress Standing Committee laid out the principles of their disqualification. Others included Civic Party's Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu and Kwok Ka-ki and Professional Guild's Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong.

In response, 15 other pan-democratic lawmakers tendered their resignations. 

Kwok, who formerly presided over the Legco House Committee, said he had expected his disqualification when he was condemned by the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office for failing to elect a chairperson for 16th straight meetings in April. 

But there were multiple times he had to wait for the NPCSC to decide his future before being unseated, Kwok said. 
 
In August, Kwok's qualification to stand in the now-delayed Legco election was called into question as electoral officers alleged him for not upholding the new national security law enacted in July. He was later permitted to continue his term by the NPCSC before the disqualification. 

Kwok added the future should be decided by youngsters as filibustering in Legco was no longer effective. He said it would be impossible to pursue politics in the future and now is the best timing for his departure, which would alleviate pressure on his family. 

The barrister said he had no plans to leave Hong Kong at the moment. 

Kwok, 42, joined the Civic Party in 2006 and was elected as the legal sector lawmaker in 2012, taking over the seat from the party's executive committee member Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee.

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