G7 Nations Denounce Recent Hong Kong Elections

The Group of Seven (G7) and the European Union (EU) on Monday voiced “grave concern” over Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Election that took place on Sunday, saying it has eroded democracy in the Chinese territory.

“The package of changes to the electoral system introduced earlier this year in Hong Kong, including reduction of the number of directly elected seats and establishment of a new vetting process to severely restrict the choice of candidates on the ballot paper, undermined Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy under the “One Country, Two Systems” principle,” the G7 Foreign Ministers and the High Representative of the EU said in a joint statement.

Hong Kong’s recent legislative election was the first public vote under the national security law that introduced political rules imposed by China, which vet the loyalty of anyone standing for office and criminalize dissent. 

Earlier, Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand denounced the new system and said the “changes eliminated any meaningful political opposition.”

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam defended the new system saying, “Hong Kong is now back on the right track.”

“We cannot copy and paste the so-called democratic system or rules of the Western countries,” Lam added.

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