Hong Kong fails to stop lawmakers from second try on oath

AP News
Posted: Oct 18, 2016 10:57 PM

HONG KONG (AP) — Two newly elected Hong Kong lawmakers advocating independence for the Chinese region are getting a second chance to take their oaths after the top court rejected an unprecedented legal challenge from the government over the decision.

Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching of the Youngspiration party are among five lawmakers expected to redo their swearing-in on Wednesday so that they can take office in the legislature.

A week ago, the duo and two other pro-democracy lawmakers modified their oaths, which call for lawmakers to pledge allegiance to the "Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China."

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The legal challenge filed by Hong Kong's top leader and justice chief sought to bar the pair from taking their oaths again.