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Chief Exec. Lam hails Sunday polls, says Hong Kong will not ban ‘patriots critical of gov’t’ from elections

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A “patriot” who is critical of the Hong Kong government will not be barred from standing in local elections, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said. Her remarks came after only one non-pro-establishment candidate was elected in Sunday’s small-circle election committee race.

The Hong Kong leader was met with questions on Tuesday about the first-ever polls since the Beijing-led electoral revamp, which saw 0.06 per of the city’s population casting ballots to select part of the powerful Election Committee that will be tasked with selecting the chief executive and 40 lawmakers.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a weekly press briefing on September 21, 2021. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

Among the 364 candidates chosen, only former Democratic Party member Tik Chi-yuen – who won by drawing lots – was considered to be opposition-leaning. Lam hailed Sunday’s polls as fulfilling the goal of ensuring only “patriots” rule Hong Kong, but she said she could not give answers as to why there were no pro-democracy figures on the committee.

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