After scandals, Boris Johnson quits as UK prime minister

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement in front of 10 Downing Street in central London on July 7, 2022. Johnson quit as Conservative party leader, after three tumultuous years in charge marked by Brexit, COVID-19 and mounting scandals. (JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) Scandal-ridden Boris Johnson announced on Thursday he...

Partygoing lawmakers urged to stay away from Legco

Legco president Andrew Leung said on Monday that he "strongly advises" 16 lawmakers who recently attended a Covid-hit banquet to skip the first full council meeting of the new term this Wednesday. Two people who joined a birthday party for National People's Congress delegate Witman Hung on January 3 have...

More to be quarantined after attending banquet

More people, among them officials and lawmakers, will be sent into quarantine after they went to a banquet attended by a woman who has since tested preliminary positive for Covid-19. The banquet, which is said to be held to celebrate the birthday of local National People's Congress deputy Witman Hung,...

Lawmakers shouldn’t be a rubber stamp: Xia Baolong

The director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, has told lawmakers not to simply rubber-stamp government policies during a meeting in Shenzhen. The DAB's Starry Lee, who was among about a dozen legislators who met with Xia, quoted the top official as saying all lawmakers should...

Incoming lawmakers prepare to take oaths

Hong Kong's 90 newly elected lawmakers will be sworn in at a ceremony on Monday, marking the start of the new Legislative Council's four-year term. It's the first formal duty for the lawmakers, who were elected under Beijing's revamped electoral system in December's poll. Chief Executive Carrie Lam will administer...

Legco complex expansion to cost HK$1.2 billion

Legco president Andrew Leung has put a price tag of HK$1.17 billion on the expansion of the Legislative Council complex to accommodate an additional 20 lawmakers following Beijing’s electoral overhaul. He said the project is expected to get underway in mid-2022 and should be finished by mid-2025. Four storeys will...

Ten pan-dems to plead guilty over June 4 rally

Ten pro-democracy figures, including former lawmakers Albert Ho, Chu Hoi-dick and Andrew Wan, have indicated they will plead guilty to charges related to a June 4 vigil in Victoria Park last year, while two others say they will deny the accusations against them. The 12 who appeared at the District...

Lawmakers’ Gay Games comments ‘regrettable, divisive’

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has hit out at pro-establishment lawmakers for their "divisive" comments about the Gay Games, which organisers plan to hold in Hong Kong next year. During a discussion in the Legislative Council last week, pro-Beijing councillor Junius Ho said the Gay Games would bring "dirty money" to...

Lawmakers want easier convictions for doxxing

Lawmakers said on Monday that the threshold to convict doxxers under proposed legal amendments is too high, and prosecutors shouldn't have to prove that a victim had been intimidated or suffered psychological harm. Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang told lawmakers during a panel meeting that under the...

Libya lawmakers approve first unified govt since 2014

Abdullah Bleihaq, spokesperson of the Libyan parliament, speaks to reporters outside Ouagadougou Conference Centre in the north-central city of Sirte on March 10, 2021 during a parliament session. (MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP) Libyan lawmakers approved the country’s first unified government in about seven years, overcoming a major hurdle in a...

Lawmakers approve Covid vaccine indemnity fund

Lawmakers approve Covid vaccine indemnity fund Pro-government lawmakers on Friday approved HK$1 billion for the government to set up an indemnity fund to provide financial support for people who suffer serious complications from Covid-19 jabs. Under the fund, people who suffer serious side effects could receive up to HK$3 million,...