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Hated Hong Kong extradition bill withdrawn and independent study to probe social ills

Hated Hong Kong extradition bill withdrawn and independent study to probe social ills

In pre-recorded message televised in Hong Kong, chief executive makes four proposals

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has formally withdrawn the controversial extradition bill that has caused nearly three months of social unrest in Hong Kong, confirming an earlier Post exclusive report.

With the move, the government has met one of the key demands of protesters who have taken to the streets over the past 13 weeks in demonstrations that have turned increasingly violent. But will the majority of protesters be satisfied?

A government source earlier told the Post the withdrawal of the bill was to streamline the legislative agenda and was a technical move, given that Lam had already declared the bill to be "dead" and pledged she would not be reintroducing it.

How will this dramatic U-turn be received? What do the different sides have to say? Follow our live coverage here as we await the announcement from Lam's office and speak to different stakeholders.


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