The first group of district councillors has pledged allegiance to Hong Kong. 24 have taken part in the closed-door ceremony, while one has been removed from office for not turning up. The oath-taking is a new requirement by the government to align local legislation with the national security law. The relationship between councillors and officials deteriorated rapidly after the 2019 elections, when the opposition camp swept 17 out of the 18 district councils, following months of anti-government protests. The next district council election is to be held in 2023.
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