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Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 14:38

Five lawmakers-elect have their oath invalidated

Five lawmakers-elect have their oath invalidated
Leung Kwan-yuen (C) are seen at the first meeting of the sixth term of Legislative Council (LegCo) in Hong Kong, Oct 12, 2016. ( Wang Shen/Xinhua)

HONG KONG – Five lawmakers-elect's oath, including two localist lawmakers who turned their oath-taking into a sideshow by making insulting remarks about China last week, were invalidated on Tuesday by the newly elected Legislative Council President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen .

In announcing his decision on Tuesday morning, Leung said he has received two written requests to retake the oath on Wednesday from lawmaker-elect Yiu Chung-yim, who deviated from the official wording of the oath and veteran pro-establishment legislator Wong Ting-kwong, who accidentally omitted the word China while taking the oath. Whether the other three will attend the session to re-take the oath is still uncertain as no formal requests have been made from the trio.

Legislative Council President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen invalidated five lawmakers-elect's oath taken last week

The trio are Lau Siu-lai who made protracted pauses after each word of the oath, and another two localist lawmakers-elect Yau Wai-ching and Leung Chung-hang, who are blasted and urged to make a formal apology for their disrespectful conduct last week, including remarks promoting Hong Kong separatism and remarks insulting to the nation. The two had also appeared at last week’s ceremony presenting a banner declaring, that “Hong Kong is not China.”

He had declared previously that if elected representatives refuse to take the oath of office seriously, they may not claim the right to sit in the Legislative Council.

Citing the Basic Law Article 104, Leung said lawmakers must strictly follow the wording when taking the oath of office. He also stressed that the errant lawmakers-elect need to persuade him that they are serious about the solemn procedure they are undertaking and to be bound by the oath.

The government will review how to stripe the lawmakers-elect title if they fail again tomorrow (Wednesday), Leung added.

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

Speaking before the weekly Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying 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.

CY 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 the Chief Executive didn't reveal the details of follow-up actions.

Meanwhile the oath taking by lawmaker Nathan Law Kwun-chung was ruled valid by the LegCo President after taking legal counsel and making a careful review on the transcript.

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