Allegiance required to take Hong Kong office
Officials and lawmakers in Hong Kong must pledge with sincerity their loyalty to the Basic Law, or Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, before they can assume office, the top legislature said on Monday.
The requirement applies to all high-level public administrators, lawmakers and judges in Hong Kong, according to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee in its interpretation of the Basic Law.
The clarification of officials’ oathtaking procedure for Hong Kong came after the behavior of a few newly elected lawmakers during their swearing-in on Oct 12 was criticized as improper.
Two newly elected lawmakers who took a separatist stand were seen on a live television broadcast to have altered their oaths and to have made obscene remarks about the nation.
The NPC Standing Committee’s Basic Law interpretation is expected to offer legal grounds to Hong Kong’s High Court in a judicial review submitted by the Hong Kong government over the pair’s disqualification as members of the local Legislative Council.
The national legislature is “deeply concerned” about the harm that the pro-independence advocacy has had on Hong Kong and the nation as a whole, said Li Fei, deputy secretarygeneral of the NPC Standing Committee and chairman of its Basic Law Committee.
Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, said adoption of the Basic Law interpretation showcases the central government’s firm opposition to “Hong Kong independence”.
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