Politics & Current Affairs

Hong Kong leader plans to fast-track electroral reforms despite new US sanctions

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has vowed to fast-track the local legislation required for delivering the Beijing-decreed overhaul of the city’s electoral system, suggesting lawmakers can accelerate the process by holding extra meetings and setting aside other businesses.

The chief executive also said on Tuesday that a collection bill allowing the government to amend several ordinances in one go would be tabled in the Legislative Council to help simplify the undertaking, given the proposed restructuring requires changes to more than 20 pieces of legislation.

Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, also told a group of officials and pro-establishment figures in a closed-door meeting on Tuesday that Beijing had to take the lead on the overhaul.

Sisanda Mpiti.

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