India  

Hong Kong delays election by a year

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics - Duration: 01:55s - Published
Hong Kong delays election by a year

Hong Kong delays election by a year

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday postponed a Sept.

6 election for the city's legislature for a year because of a spike in novel coronavirus cases, dealing a blow to the pro-democracy opposition hoping to make gains in the vote.

Soraya Ali reports.

Hong Kong's local government says it has delayed its legislative election for a year because of a spike in coronavirus cases.

And it's a blow to opposition candidates who were going to ride a wave resentment against Beijing to at the polls.

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam confirmed her decision on Friday after days of reports it may be coming.

The opposition had aimed to win a majority in the Legislative Council, where half the seats are directly elected with the other half filled mostly by pro-Beijing appointees.

The postponement of the vote also comes after 12 pro-democracy candidates were disqualified from running.

Among them, was prominent protester Joshua Wong.

Speaking at a news conference he said his disqualification was "invalid and ridiculous": "Even the government censored me out from (the) ballot, they can't censor my qualification to commit in the democracy movement in Hong Kong and that's the reason they can't kill us all.

Even if they try to prosecute us, bar us to run for office and silence our voice, we wish to try our best, let our voice be heard around the world." The government denies political censorship or suppression of the right to run for the legislate.

Lam, who is backed by the Chinese national government in Beijing, said she had to invoke an emergency law to make the postponement and no political considerations were involved in the decision.

She told reporters it was the most difficult decision she had made in seven months and that it was aimed at safeguarding people's health.

Hong Kong has reported more than 3,000 coronavirus cases since January -- far lower than in other major cities around the world.

But for the past 10 days, the number of new infections has been in the triple-digits.

Nevertheless, government critics are likely to question the justification for the postponement.




You Might Like


💡 newsR Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Carrie Lam Carrie Lam Chief Executive of Hong Kong

Hong Kong leader says U.S. sanctions an 'inconvenience' [Video]

Hong Kong leader says U.S. sanctions an 'inconvenience'

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday (August 18) that U.S. sanctions against her will cause 'inconvenience' in her personal affairs, but nothing she will take to heart.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 00:53Published
Beijing's top office in Hong Kong slams 'ridiculous' US sanctions [Video]

Beijing's top office in Hong Kong slams 'ridiculous' US sanctions

Officials subject to US sanctions include Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and head of China's Liaison Office, Luo Huining.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO    Duration: 02:06Published
HK vows it won't be intimidated by U.S. sanctions [Video]

HK vows it won't be intimidated by U.S. sanctions

Beijing’s top representative office in Hong Kong said on Saturday that sanctions imposed by Washington on senior Hong Kong and Chinese officials were “clowning actions” that would not frighten or intimidate Chinese people. Olivia Chan reports.

Credit: Reuters - Politics    Duration: 02:12Published

Hong Kong Hong Kong Special administrative region of China

Fancy buying a painting once owned by emperors? [Video]

Fancy buying a painting once owned by emperors?

A 700-year-old painted scroll from the Yuan Dynasty titled "Five Drunken Princes Returning On Horseback" is expected to sell for $10-15.5 million at an upcoming Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:04Published
Equity Indices in the Red amid Weak Global Cues [Video]

Equity Indices in the Red amid Weak Global Cues

Equity benchmark indices traded lower during early hours on September 22 while Asian markets opened weak after the sharp pullback overnight in US stocks. At 10:15 am, the BSE S-P Sensex was down by 301 points or 0.79 per cent at 37,733 while the Nifty 50 moved lower by 66 points or 0.59 per cent at 11,184. All sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the negative terrain with Nifty realty dipping by 4.6 per cent, PSU bank by 3.2 per cent, metal by 2.9 per cent and auto by 2.3 per cent. Among stocks, energy major GAIL was the top loser after sliding 4.9 per cent to Rs 83.85 per share. Adani Ports fell by 4.5 per cent and Tata Motors by 4 per cent. Tata Steel, Hindalco, ONGC, Bajaj Finance, Zee Entertainment and Bharti Infratel too traded lower by over 3 per cent. However, Tata Consultancy Services and ICICI Bank were in the green with thin margins. Meanwhile, Asian markets opened weak even after the sharp pullback overnight in US stocks. Investor sentiment took a hit with possible delays in expanded US stimulus. The undertone remained cautious as Europe sees some countries lockdown for the second time as COVID-19 cases jump which could hurt economic activity. Hong Kong shares of HSBC and Standard Chartered fell more than 2 per cent each as global banking stocks remained under intense pressure on reports about financial institutions allegedly moving illicit funds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan was down by 0.5 per cent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was down by 0.5 per cent while Japanese markets were closed for a public holiday.

Credit: ANI    Duration: 01:50Published

Central agencies monitoring over 2500 social media accounts spreading Chinese propaganda in India: Sources

These accounts have their IP addresses traced in the countries of Pakistan, Hong Kong, UK, Russia and China. This comes a day after reports of snooping on some..
DNA
Flip flop and handbag cakes take off online [Video]

Flip flop and handbag cakes take off online

An edible flip flop, handbag and a banana that tastes of chocolate - these are some of the creations by a bakery studio in Hong Kong helping it bounce back from a COVID-19 slump.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:44Published
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists appear in court [Video]

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists appear in court

More than 20 pro-democracy activists have appeared in a Hong Kong court accused of joining or organising a gathering on June 4 to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre - the gathering was prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO    Duration: 02:30Published

Joshua Wong Joshua Wong Hong Kong pro-democracy activist

Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from legislative election [Video]

Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from legislative election

Hong Kong government warns more nominees could face similar decision as the disqualified 12, including Joshua Wong.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO    Duration: 02:22Published
HK could postpone election in democracy blow [Video]

HK could postpone election in democracy blow

Reports in Hong Kong suggest a vote for seats in the city's legislature could be postponed by a year amid fears of a resurgence in coronavirus cases. Opposition democrats have accused Beijing of using the pandemic as an excuse. Adam Reed reports.

Credit: Reuters - Politics    Duration: 01:14Published

Legislative Council of Hong Kong Legislative Council of Hong Kong Legislative body of Hong Kong


Beijing Beijing Capital of the People's Republic of China

‘China’s built 13 military positions since Doklam’

It’s well-established that the multiple incursions into eastern Ladakh in May came after months of planning and approval by the top political hierarchy in..
IndiaTimes
Trump's 'China virus' comments slammed [Video]

Trump's 'China virus' comments slammed

Beijing rejects US president's blame on Beijing for spread of coronavirus.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO    Duration: 04:33Published

India-China border row: Indian Army gains strategic advantage in Ladakh, takes control of six major peaks

In what comes as a piece of positive news amid the ongoing India-China border disputes, the Indian Army has reportedly taken control of six strategically..
DNA

Border peace essential for development of ties, Jaishankar told Wang

While Beijing has said that India's China policy had not changed and that New Delhi doesn't consider development of India-China relations as dependent on the..
IndiaTimes

Pro-Beijing camp (Hong Kong) Pro-Beijing camp (Hong Kong) Hong Kong political faction in favour of the Communist Party of China

Hong Kong media tycoon arrested under new security law [Video]

Hong Kong media tycoon arrested under new security law

Jimmy Lai, a media tycoon and critic of the Chinese Communist Party, was arrested on August 10 on charges of "collusion with a foreign country". Apple Daily, a fiercely pro-democracy newspaper that regularly takes on the Hong Kong government and the Chinese leadership. He is denounced by Chinese officials, pro-Beijing news outlets in Hong Kong, and China's state-run news media. According to Apple Daily, 72-year-old Lai was being investigated on charges of partnering with a foreign country. Besides Lai, his two sons have also been arrested on charges of violating company business code. The authorities are probing Lai's private investments as well. The draconian law is aimed at crushing dissent in the erstwhile British colony which saw massive pro-democracy protests last year. The legislation came into effect on July 1, 2020.

Credit: ANI    Duration: 01:47Published

Related news from verified sources

Fear of Chinese justice at core of Hong Kong concerns

With Britain the latest country to scrap its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, the focus in the...
IndiaTimes - Published

Hong Kong protesters gather on anniversary of mob attack

The Yuen Long attack, and the police's apparent failure to prevent it, exacerbated tensions during...
IndiaTimes - Published


Tweets about this


Related videos from verified sources

What the world can learn from China's response to the coronavirus | Gary Liu [Video]

What the world can learn from China's response to the coronavirus | Gary Liu

From Hong Kong, South China Morning Post CEO Gary Liu tracks China's response to the coronavirus pandemic -- from the initial outbreak in Wuhan to the shutdown of Hubei province and the containment..

Credit: TED     Duration: 58:23Published
Chinese hackers 'doxxing' Hong Kong activists, journalists | Oneindia News [Video]

Chinese hackers 'doxxing' Hong Kong activists, journalists | Oneindia News

A shady and sophisticated website called HK Leaks has been targeting pro-democracy Hong Kong activists, exposing them to attacks by publishing their personal details online. Home addresses, social..

Credit: Oneindia     Duration: 01:47Published
Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins Make a Comeback in Hong Kong [Video]

Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins Make a Comeback in Hong Kong

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins are making a comeback in the waters around Hong Kong. Buzz60’s Chloe Hurst has the story!

Credit: Buzz60     Duration: 01:20Published