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Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 11:58

Govt mulls action against rogue lawmakers


HONG KONG - Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Tuesday said the government will consider follow-up actions against two elected localist lawmakers , who made anti-China remarks during their swearing in ceremony , last week. Leung said the government attached great weight to the disturbance involving Yau Wai-ching and Leung Chung-hang.  The chief executive said the government will closely monitor the situation. But Leung didn't reveal the details of follow-up actions.

CY Leung didn't reveal the details of possible actions against 2 localist lawmakers who made anti-China remarks last week

Both Yau’s and Leung’s oaths of office were ruled invalid last week, after the two veered sharply from the stipulated wording of the oath as set out in law, and substituted words intended to insult the nation.  The two also presented a banner declaring “Hong Kong is not China” at the ceremony.  The sworn oath of another lawmaker-elect, Yiu Chung-yim also was invalidated, after he deviated from the wording of the oath.

Yau and Leung’s separatist remarks and insulting language aroused anger among various parts of the community, including military veterans, historians and other scholars.

The newly-elected President of the Legislative Council Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen is set to rule, later today, as to whether the trio must retake the oath of office on Wednesday, along with three other newly elected lawmakers. Before making his decision Leung says he will review videos of the incident.  The other three still to be sworn are Lau Siu-lai who prolonged her oath by making a unusual long pause for every word; and Law Kwun-chung who raised the tone at the end of every sentence of the oath to make it sound like questioning; and Wong Ting-kwong who accidentally missed the word China.

Andrew Leung also said he will seek legal opinions, concerning the incident and the swearing-in guidelines.  He had said previously that the errant lawmakers risked having their elected status revoked, since it would be impossible for them to be seated in the Legislative Council if  they refuse to take the oath of office seriously.

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