Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Richard Cullen on Sovereign Supervision by Central Government's Offices in Hong Kong (China Daily)

Published on April 28 2020
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region currently faces a constitutional crisis. The opposition camp has orchestrated a partial paralysis of the normal functioning of the Legislative Council, one of three pillars of the Hong Kong’s constitutional structure, since October. Article 17 of the Basic Law says the HKSAR is vested with legislative power to enable the normal functioning of government. The deliberate, protracted sabotaging of the election of a chairman for its House Committee would not be tolerated in any other democratic parliament.
     This wilful exploitation of procedural rules is not a one-off political stunt, but an extended, purposeful scheme to prevent LegCo from debating and voting on the National Anthem Bill, among other things, which the political opposition is unbendingly determined to oppose.
     That both the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government (CPG) in the HKSAR and the Hong Kong Macao Affairs Office (HKMAO) have commented legitimately and critically on what has unfolded is not surprising. They have done so by exercising a sovereign right of supervision when faced with an unprecedented deterioration in the proper constitutional operation of the HKSAR... Click here to view the full text. 

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