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Mandate for current Hong Kong legislature extended for…

BEIJING, Aug 11 – China’s top legislature has decided to extend the mandate for the current group of Hong Kong lawmakers for a year from its expiry date of Sept. 30, after a scheduled election was delayed, state media reported on Tuesday.

The decision means Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, or Legco, will continue to perform its duties for “no less than a year” and until the next Legco starts its four-year term, state news agency Xinhua said.

China’s top legislature, the standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress, supported the Hong Kong government’s decision on July 31 to postpone a Sept. 6 election for the next Legco for a year, calling it “necessary and appropriate”. (Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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