Hong Kong opposition lawmakers to resign en masse over Beijing resolution empowering local government to bypass courts and unseat politicians

Hong Kong opposition lawmakers to resign en masse over Beijing resolution empowering local government to bypass courts and unseat politicians

All of Hong Kong’s opposition lawmakers will resign together after China’s top legislative body passed a resolution on Wednesday giving local authorities power to unseat politicians without having to go through the city’s courts.

Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-wai revealed the move after four legislators from the bloc were disqualified following the decision by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC).

“Today, we announce we will resign from our positions as our colleagues are being disqualified by the central government’s ruthless move,” Wu said.

“There is separation of powers under the Basic Law, but today, the central government’s decision means separation of powers will be taken away. All the power will be centralised in the chief executive – a puppet of the central government. So today is the end of ‘one country, two systems’.”