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Hong Kong lawmakers barred for reelection can keep seats for extra year

Beijing ruling follows delay in territory's polls until September 2021

HONG KONG -- All members of Hong Kong's outgoing legislature will retain their seats for "not less than" another year, according to a decision Tuesday by China's top lawmaking body.

The decision follows the announcement on July 31 by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam that legislative elections scheduled for Sept. 6 would be delayed until Sept. 5, 2021 in view of the coronavirus outbreak reaching new heights in the city.

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