Hong Kong legislators

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Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday opened, unusually, on time.

The meetings had been starting late for months, consistently delayed by demands for roll calls from the pro-democracy opposition that had few other ways to stall the agenda of the Beijing-backed government. But those opposing lawmakers had all just resigned after the ouster of four colleagues.

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy legislators began resigning in protest Thursday, one day after the government ousted four members of their camp.

A spokesperson for the Commissioner's Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Wednesday firmly refuted and strongly condemned allegations made by some Western politicians concerning the decision by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on the qualifications of the members of the HKSAR Legislative Council.

Hong Kong’s legislature opened Thursday ahead of the planned mass resignation of its pro-democracy bloc, one day after the government ousted four of its members.

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