Hong Kong’s district councillors take oath of loyalty in closed-door ceremony

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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Hong Kong district councillors must take pledge of allegiance to government or lose seats

Hong Kong will require district councillors to take a pledge of allegiance to the government from Sept 10. Anyone who refuses will lose their seats. There are 479 district councillors in the city. They do not hold much political sway, but advise the government on municipal and livelihood issues. Previously, a quarter of all district councillors could take part in selecting the city’s Chief Executive, but an overhaul of its electoral system earlier this year has scrapped that function.

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