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Hong Kong Should Weigh Delaying Election, Lawmaker Says

  • Calls for postponing leadership vote as Covid cases surge
  • Would be second election delayed amid crackdown on dissent
Residents queue at a Covid-19 testing facility in Hong Kong, China, on Feb. 17.

Residents queue at a Covid-19 testing facility in Hong Kong, China, on Feb. 17.

Photographer: Louise Delmotte/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong should consider postponing the city’s leadership election next month, a Chinese lawmaker said, in the most high-profile call yet for suspending the vote amid a surge in Covid cases.  

Tam Yiu-chung, Hong Kong’s sole representative member on China’s top legislative body, told a radio program Thursday that potential candidates might need to focus on containing the outbreak. Tam, a member of the National People’s Congress’s powerful Standing Committee, cited remarks a day earlier by President Xi Jinping instructing city leaders to make fighting the pandemic their top priority.