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US News Hong Kong withdraws controversial extradition bill

11:30  23 october  2019
11:30  23 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has caved into pressure from protesters by withdrawing the bill . Speaking in a video statement Lam cited the Carrie Lam has withdrawn the bill that triggered mass protests, confirming earlier reports from the South China Morning Post, Cable TV and online

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced the formal withdrawal of the extradition bill that sparked months of protests. The proposed law would have allowed

a group of people walking down the street: Hong Kong has seen months of protests © Getty Hong Kong has seen months of protests The Hong Kong government has withdrawn the controversial extradition bill that sparked months of protests and violence.

Security secretary John Lee said on Wednesday: "I now formally announce the withdrawal of the bill."

However, he refused to take questions from pro-democracy politicians.

The extradition bill allowed extraditions from Hong Kong to mainland China.

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam had proposed amendments to extradition legislation to try to resolve a case involving a man wanted for murder in self-ruled Taiwan, who could not be sent to face charges because there was no extradition agreement.

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Hong Kong 's embattled leader Carrie Lam has finally fully withdrawn a controversial bill that allowed extradition to mainland China and sparked three months of dramatic protests in the financial hub.

Hong Kong ’s leader, Carrie Lam, has said her government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that has ignited months of protests and In a five-minute televised address on Wednesday, Lam said her government would formally withdraw the controversial bill to “fully allay public concerns”.

But the proposals led to fears that residents would be at risk of being sent to China's Communist Party-controlled courts.

Ms Lam was forced to back down and said last month she would drop the bill.

China's foreign ministry said a report that claims there are plans to replace Ms Lam was a political rumour with ulterior motives.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

The Financial Times reported that China was drawing up a plan to replace Ms Lam with an "interim" chief executive.

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