China decides on the fate of Hong Kong parliament

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Hong Kong’s top executive, Carrie Lam
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Chinese parliamentarians are expected to discuss the postponement of the parliamentary elections in Hong Kong on Saturday. It must be decided how the metropolis should be administered until voters go to the polls again next year.


Chinese parliamentarians are expected to discuss the postponement of the parliamentary elections in Hong Kong on Saturday. It must be decided how the metropolis should be administered until voters go to the polls again next year.

The elections in Hong Kong, which has special status within China, were actually scheduled for September 6. The authorities angered the pro-democracy opposition in the metropolis to move the polls to next year. That would be necessary because of the corona crisis.

More than a year of turmoil

An important body of the Chinese parliament, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, will probably also be meeting in the coming days to discuss how things should proceed in the metropolis. The mandate of the current Hong Kong parliament expires at the end of September. It may be decided to extend the stay of the current parliament. Hong Kong’s top executive, Carrie Lam, has spoken out for this.

If that solution is chosen, it also entails new questions. A decision must then be taken, for example, about what will happen to opposition members who are still in parliament, but who were not allowed to stand for re-election this year.

Hong Kong has been very restless for over a year now. It has been part of China since 1997, but it does have its own parliament and legal system. Critics believe that China is increasingly undermining that special status. The introduction of a controversial security law, for example, led to international criticism.

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