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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, in accordance with today’s decision of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), announced that four Legislative Council members were immediately disqualified.

They are Alvin Yeung, Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka-ki and Kenneth Leung.

Their nominations were decided to be invalid in accordance with law by the Hong Kong SAR during the nomination period of the election for the seventh-term LegCo originally scheduled for September 6.

The NPCSC decision states that a LegCo member does not fulfil the legal requirements and conditions on upholding the Basic Law and pledging allegiance to the Hong Kong SAR if he or she advocates or supports Hong Kong independence, refuses to recognise the People’s Republic of China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong and the exercise of the sovereignty, solicits intervention by foreign or external forces in the Hong Kong SAR’s affairs, or carries out other activities endangering national security.

When the member is so decided in accordance with law, he or she is immediately disqualified from being a LegCo member.

The decision is applicable to the members of the sixth-term LegCo whose nominations were decided to be invalid in accordance with law by the Hong Kong SAR due to the circumstances mentioned above during the nomination period of the election for the seventh-term LegCo.

It is also applicable to any person standing for election in respect of or taking up the office of LegCo member in future where the circumstances mentioned above apply.

The Hong Kong SAR Government will publish the decision in the gazette in due course.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News