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UK urges Hong Kong to reinstate candidates, hold elections

Australia, Canada, New Zealand and US joined the statement

Protesters supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement wearing protective masks attend the Delay No More, Democracy march in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, Aug. 2.   © Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) -- Britain called on the Hong Kong government on Sunday to reinstate disqualified candidates and hold legislative council elections as soon as possible, in a joint statement with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

Britain's foreign minister Dominic Raab said in the joint statement he and his counterparts from the other four countries were gravely concerned about the disqualification of candidates in Hong Kong.

"We call on the Hong Kong government to reinstate the eligibility of disqualified candidates," the statement said. "We urge the Hong Kong government to hold the elections as soon as possible." 

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