- Title: China passes interpretation of Hong Kong's Basic Law
- Date: 7th November 2016
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (NOVEMBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) WOMAN OPENING WEBPAGE
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2016 03:15
- Keywords: basic law parliament China Hong Kong
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA00257G2I4L
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:China's parliament passed an interpretation of Hong Kong's Basic Law on Monday (November 7), the official Xinhua news agency reported, which amounts to Beijing's most direct intervention in the territory's legal system since the 1997 handover to Chinese rule.
The ruling is expected to bar two activist lawmakers from taking office in Hong Kong. The prospect of the ruling had sparked protests in the former British territory that returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
The official Xinhua news agency reported that China's parliament ruled at the end of a regular bimonthly session that the pair of pro-independence lawmakers could not assume their positions in Hong Kong's Legislative Council if they refused legal procedures when taking oath of office.
The intervention relates to Article 104 of the city's mini-constitution, which states that lawmakers must swear allegiance to Hong Kong as part of China when they take office.
It came even before a Hong Kong court had ruled, representing some of the worst privately held fears of senior judges and some government officials in Hong Kong, according to sources close to them.
The move was expected to enrage Hong Kong democracy activists further, a day after hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police in running battles around China's representative office in Hong Kong.
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