China says Hong Kong election delay ‘necessary and reasonable’

HONG KONG: China said Friday (Jul 31) it supported Hong Kong's decision to delay legislative elections for a year because of a surge in coronavirus cases, a move that has infuriated democracy supporters.

"It is very necessary, reasonable and legal," the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council said in a short statement.



"The central government fully understands and supports it."

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said earlier on Friday that elections for the city legislature will be postponed from Sep 6 due to a spike in coronavirus cases, dealing a major blow to the city's pro-democracy opposition.

The new date has been set for Sep 5, 2021.

Lam said the decisRead More – Source