With the resignation of eleven councilors on Sunday, the opposition Hong Kong Civic Party lost about two-thirds of its remaining district councilors before being forced to pledge allegiance to the city and its mini-constitution on pain of disqualification.
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that eleven councilors, including Yau Tsim Mong District Council Vice Chairman Andy Yu Tak-po, announced on their social media accounts that they were quitting the party. The exodus means that the party has only five district councilors left.
They did not give the reasons for their departure from their party.
“Our five remaining District Councilors will continue to defend our base. In the future, they will work to promote the active participation of residents in community affairs with other like-minded pro-democracy party and camp members,” the party said in a statement. declaration.
Party chairman Alan Leong Kah-kit said he was heartbroken to see their departure but fully understood and respected their decision. He added that it was not important to serve the community as party members, but rather to insist on telling the truth and living in reality.
According to previous media reports, more than 100 district councilors – including those who signed a statement supporting an alleged primary election organized by the opposition camp last July to choose candidates for the now postponed legislative elections – could be disqualified because of the new oath. -catch requirement.
Among the most popular figures to quit the party were Tsuen Wan District Council Chairman Sumly Chan Yuen-sum and Amy Yung Wing-sheung of the Islands District Council. Departures also included Kwun Tong member Sarah Wong and Sham Shui Po district councilors Andy Lao Ka-hang and Joshua Li Chun-hei.
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