Daily Memo: Postponed Elections in Hong Kong

The delay creates some distance between elections and pro-democracy sentiment.

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Delayed elections in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is pressing the pause button on its next legislative election. Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that the city, with Beijing’s support, will invoke an emergency ordinance to delay the elections by a year due to a worsening coronavirus outbreak. Lam has also submitted an emergency report to China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, for support in resolving legal issues over the election’s postponement. The move creates some distance between elections and pro-democracy sentiment, which erupted over a controversial Chinese security bill in June. The law also narrowed the pool for prospective parliamentary candidates, barring from running those who violated the law or failed to pledge allegiance to local and national governments. The pro-democracy activists who were hoping to capitalize on public agitation during elections will now have to wait until September 2021. Ukraine and Russia at loggerheads. Ukraine’s first president (1991-94), Leonid Kravchuk, who this week assumed the leadership of Ukraine’s delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the conflict in Donbass, announced his readiness to compromise to secure peace in eastern Ukraine. Kravchuk said, however, that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must not […]

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