China’s top legislature approves extending sixth HK LegCo operation

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  • Chinese lawmakers on Tuesday voted to adopt a decision for the sixth Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to continue performing duties.

    The decision was passed at the 21st session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature.

    Chief Executive of the HKSAR Carrie Lam submitted a report to the Central People’s Government on July 28, proposing the delay of the seventh-term LegCo election, originally scheduled for September 6, by a year due to a surge in coronavirus cases in the city.

    After September 30, the sixth LegCo will continue performing duties for no less than a year until the seventh LegCo starts its four-year term, according to the decision.

    The NPC said the decision is in line with the law, adding that it is necessary and appropriate to ensure the normal functioning of Hong Kong government and the society.

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    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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