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Colonial-era law used to postpone Hong Kong elections

FRANCE24, 31 Jul 2020
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced the upcoming legislative elections will be delayed by one year.

As FRANCE 24 international affairs commentator Douglas Herbert explains, the postponement of ballots is allowed under Hong Kong law, but only for 14 days, and only if deemed the elections would pose a threat to public law or safety. For this reason, Lam instead drew on a colonial-era emergency ordonnance to push through the delay.

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