John Lee, a 64-year-old former deputy commissioner of police who was promoted to the global financial hub's number two role in 2021, says he is awaiting Beijing's approval to stand in the election.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam says her decision not to pursue a second term is "entirely based" on her family considerations.
Secretary of Home Affairs Caspar Tsui had been among 15 officials who attended the party, after the government urged citizens to avoid big gatherings to control the spread of Covid-19.
Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam’s focus in her term’s last policy address was on affordable housing for the city’s 7.5 million people, an objective that has been a priority for all Hong Kong’s leaders since 1997.
Police previously cautioned people against mourning for a man who on July 1 stabbed the officer in the shoulder before killing himself, saying that mourning him is “no different from supporting terrorism.”
Apple Daily, the embattled anti-Beijing newspaper, has asked authorities to unfreeze some of its assets so it can pay salaries and avoid labour violations, and that its board will meet on Friday to decide if the newspaper will cease operations.
New changes cut proportion of directly elected seats in legislature from half to less than a quarter, while a new body will vet candidates and bar those deemed insufficiently patriotic towards Beijing from participating.
The prominent anti-Beijing activist is already serving a 13.5 month jail sentence for taking part in a protest during the 2019 unrest.
Carrie Lam says the government is researching “fake news” to tackle “misinformation, hatred and lies” but has no timetable for the law, which comes after the imposition of a sweeping national security law in 2020.
China's electoral reform bill introduced in city legislature, a follow-up to the sweeping national security law imposed last year, setting in motion changes to give Beijing greater control by reducing number of directly elected representatives.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the expanded list of sanctions comes after Beijing moved last week to "unilaterally undermine Hong Kong's electoral system" with new rules.
The new tactic involves authorities declaring lockdown without warning in a bid to ensure people don't flee before Covid-19 testers arrive in their neighbourhoods.
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