Hong Kong leader to announce delay to Sep 6 election today

coronavirus, Hong Kong

Lam is expected to delay the poll for a year amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the global financial hub.



By Reuters

Published: Fri 31 Jul 2020, 9:47 AM

Last updated: Fri 31 Jul 2020, 11:49 AM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is expected to announce later on Friday a postponement of the September 6 election for seats in the Chinese-ruled city's legislature, local Cable TV reported.

Lam is expected to delay the poll for a year amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the global financial hub, a move which would deal a blow to the pro-democracy opposition.

The opposition was aiming to win a historic majority in the election given broad resentment of Beijing's imposition of a new security law that has been widely criticised by Western countries as eroding citizens' rights.

The pro-democracy opposition was expecting a strong showing after an overwhelming win in lower-level district council elections last year.


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