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Hong Kong opposition quits legislature after Beijing intervention

Ouster of four pro-democracy lawmakers triggers new political crisis

Pan-democratic legislators in Hong Kong announce their plan to resign en masse from the Legislative Council during a news conference on Wednesday.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong pan-democratic lawmakers collectively resigned on Wednesday, a stunning move that came after four other opposition legislators were ousted following an intervention by China's top decision-making body.

The mass resignation of 15 other lawmakers means that Hong Kong's legislature will operate without opposition for the remainder of its extended term, not unlike the rubber-stamp parliament in mainland China.

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