Hong Kong Chief Executive formally withdraws controversial extradition bill
Last update: 04/09/2019
MOSCOW, Sept 4 -- Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced her decision to formally withdraw the controversial extradition bill on Wednesday, as part of her efforts to ease tensions amid violent protests against the bill ongoing in the city since early June, Sputnik news agency reported.
"The (Hong Kong) Special Administrative Region government will formally withdraw the draft bill (on extradition) to completely address any doubts from the general public.
“The Secretary for Security will initiate the procedures to withdraw the draft bill after the legislative council reopens," Lam said during a televised speech.
Lam made the announcement following a meeting with pro-Beijing lawmakers, Hong Kong deputies to the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at her official residence.