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Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers split over chamber boycott

Most opposition legislators will resign if supporters favor such move in poll

HONG KONG -- Pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong this week are facing a crucial poll among a relatively small -- but representationally significant -- group of their supporters who will decide whether the lawmakers remain in the city's Legislative Council or resign in protest over the government's move to delay elections.

A survey beginning on Monday will decide whether most of the pro-democracy lawmakers will serve an extended term after the Hong Kong government postponed the Legislative Council elections for a year, opening the possibility that the city's lawmaking body will operate without opposition parties in the coming year.

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