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Hong Kong CEO announces Delay of September's Legislative Council Election by a Year

  • Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam has announced that upcoming elections for the city’s Legislative Council will be delayed for a year. The announcement comes just a day after prominent protest leaders of Hong Kong (including prominent protest leader Joshua Wong) were barred from running in the earlier announced September 2020 elections. While speaking in a press conference, Carrie Lam said that the sole reason for delaying the election in Hong Kong is due to the worsening COVID-19 situation. She called it the most difficult decision she had to take “in the past seven months” and went on to say that the decision was taken “to insure fairness and make sure the elections are held in an open fair and impartial manner.” While making the announcement, Lam said that 68 countries have already deferred or delayed elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of twenty-two pro-democracy members have said in a statement that the Hong Kong CEO used the pandemic to obstruct the election and deprive Hong Kongers of their voting rights. Many political analysts believe that the decision of delaying election in Hong Kong is a further indication of China’s tightening hold on the former British colony.