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Explainer: How – and why – Hong Kong’s legislative opposition ground to a halt

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Hong Kong’s parliamentary opposition has just ground to a total halt, as a result of the government’s decision to disqualify four members of the Legislative Council from pro-democracy political parties. The four include Alvin Yeung, Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok from the pro-democracy Civic Party, as well as Kenneth Leung from the accountancy functional constituency.

Following the decision, 15 other pro-democracy lawmakers decided to resign collectively in protest over the disqualifications. It effectively leaves Hong Kong’s legislature without an organised opposition for the first time since the Handover, excluding the year that the Provisional Legislative Council was in operation from 1997 to 1998. HKFP examines how – and why – this happened.

(From left to right) Kwok Ka-ki, Alvin Yeung, Dennis Kwok and Kenneth Leung are unseated from the legislature on November 11, 2020. Photo: Dennis Kwok, via Facebook.

What just happened?

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee made a decision outlining the circumstances under which a Legislative Council member would be considered to have failed to uphold the Basic Law or pledge allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. The circumstances include:

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