Hong Kong gov’t ousts four democratically-elected lawmakers from legislature.
Democratic Party chief Wu Chi-wai said the resolution was ridiculous as it transferred all powers to the chief executive: “It reflects that the central government has completely given up on the Basic Law and One Country, Two Systems.”
This flared further, Hong Kong democrats quit after government outst 4 lawmakers, leaving legislature with no effective opposition.
All Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers are to resigned from the legislature after Beijing passed a resolution allowing the Hong Kong government to unseat four democrats with immediate effect.
On Wednesday, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) delivered a decision stating that legislators who promote or support independence, refuse to accept China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong, appeal to foreign forces to interfere with the region’s affairs or endanger national security will lose their eligibility at the Legislative Council (LegCo).
Pro-democracy lawmakers (R) join hands at the start of a press conference in a Legislative Council office in Hong Kong on November 11, 2020, after four of them were stripped of their seats immediately, after China gave the city the power to disqualify politicians deemed a threat to national security.
The top Chinese legislative body said such behaviour would be seen as breaching the requirement of swearing allegiance to the SAR. They would also be deemed as failing to fulfil the oath to uphold the Basic Law.
Following Beijing’s resolution, the Hong Kong government announced that four incumbent lawmakers – Alvin Yeung, Kwok Ka-ki, Dennis Kwok and Kenneth Leung who were barred standing in the now-postponed LegCo election – were disqualified.
At a press conference, all democrats chanted “Hong Kong add oil. Together we stand” as they announced that they would hand in their notices on Thursday.