Date
23 October 2017
A walkout by pro-establishment legislators left the chamber without a quorum, holding up the swearing in of three lawmakers-elect. Photo: RTHK
A walkout by pro-establishment legislators left the chamber without a quorum, holding up the swearing in of three lawmakers-elect. Photo: RTHK

Youngspiration duo held up by pro-establishment walkout

Three lawmakers-elect were unable to take their oath on Wednesday as the Legislative Council adjourned due to a lack of quorum.

All pro-establishment legislators left the chamber after two other lawmakers — Wong Ting-kwong and Edward Yiu — were sworn in smoothly, RTHK reports.

That left Youngspiration’s Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching and Democracy Groundwork’s Lau Siu-lai yet to be sworn in.

After Wong and Yiu took the oath, Gary Chan of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong called for a head count.

The pro-government lawmakers walked off afterwards, forcing the adjournment of all proceedings. The chamber will meet again next Wednesday.

A shouting match ensued outside the chamber.

Pro-establishment lawmakers wanted to speak to reporters about their walkout but they were stopped by Leung Kwok-hung, Raymond Chan and Chu Hoi-dick, according to RTHK.

During the quarrel, Leung threw bits of luncheon meat at the pro-establishment lawmakers.

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Yau Wai-ching (left) and Sixtus Leung (right) were prevented from retaking their oath by a mass walkout by pro-establishment legislators that left the chanber without a quorum. Photo: HKEJ


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