Hong Kong leader says will withdraw controversial extradition bill: lawmaker

Hong Kong’s embattled pro-Beijing leader will permanently shelve a loathed extradition bill, a lawmaker told AFP on Wednesday

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam (IANS)
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam (IANS)

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Hong Kong's embattled pro-Beijing leader will permanently shelve a loathed extradition bill, a lawmaker told AFP on Wednesday.

In what would be a major concession to pro-democracy protesters after three months of crippling demonstrations, the shelving of this bill will be a decision that will please all people.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam is set to officially extract the extradition bill that started the ongoing protest against her administration and the Chinese government in June and completely halted the city’s proceedings, which is one of Asia’s most important financial hubs, South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday.

"It is confirmed that the bill will be withdrawn," lawmaker Felix Chung told AFP after chief executive Carrie Lam met with him and other pro-establishment figures on Wednesday afternoon.

With PTI inputs

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