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Hong Kong opposition lawmakers forced to regroup after split poll

Call for boycott to protest against election delay fails to win majority support

Wu Chi-wai (front row, second from left), chairman of Hong Kong's Democratic Party, attends a news conference on Sept. 29 to discuss results of a survey over a Legislative Council boycott.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong faced the prospect of having to examine their political path forward after a citywide poll on Tuesday showed that their supporters were divided over calls for a collective boycott in response to the government's move to postpone legislative elections.

After activists called for members of the pro-democracy camp to resign from Hong Kong's Legislative Council rather than remain in an extended term for another year, the camp asked their supporters in a survey to decide whether the lawmakers should remain in the de facto parliament or resign in protest against the delayed elections.

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