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Hong Kong postpones legislative election for a year citing COVID

Opposition aimed to win first majority but Lam says polls would 'pose great risk'

HONG KONG -- Citing risks from the city's rapidly spreading COVID-19 outbreak, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Friday that the city's legislative election would be postponed a year.

"Pressing on with polls would pose a great risk to some 4 million registered voters, of whom many are elderly citizens over 70 years old," Lam said. Noting expectations of high voter turnout, she invoked emergency powers to push the election back, calling it "a very difficult decision."

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