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Hong Kong may postpone September 6 elections amid surge in Covid-19: Report

A postponement would be a setback for the pro-democracy opposition, which was hoping to capitalise on disenchantment with the current pro-Beijing majority to make gains

People detained by riot police during a march against national security law at the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2020. Photo: Reuters
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People detained by riot police during a march against national security law at the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2020. Photo: Reuters

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Hong Kong may postpone highly anticipated legislative elections scheduled for September 6, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, local media reports said Friday.
An announcement could come as soon as Friday evening, multiple Hong Kong newspapers and TV stations said. They all quoted unnamed sources.
A postponement would be a setback for the pro-democracy opposition, which was hoping to capitalise on disenchantment with the current pro-Beijing majority to make gains.
A group of 22 lawmakers issued a statement accusing the government of using the outbreak as an excuse to delay the vote.
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First Published: Jul 31 2020 | 2:51 PM IST

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