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Umbrella holding and chanting slogans during oath-taking can be seen as breaching it

Umbrella holding and chanting slogans during oath-taking can be seen as breaching it

Lawmakers who choose to hold umbrellas or chant slogans during other people’s oath-taking can also be seen as breaching the oath, said Permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Roy Tang Yun-kwong.
In a LegCo meeting today over the draft amendment related to oath-taking for public officers, Tang said if lawmakers are holding up umbrellas and chanting slogans during others’ oath-taking sessions, or misbehave during the national anthem was played, those involved will be seen as refusing to take the oath.

During the meeting, lawmakers also raised concerns over the lengthened time limit for the Department of Justice to put forward cases to review a lawmaker’s qualification over breaching the oath.

The amendment wrote the time limit will be lengthened from six months to four years.

Erick Tsang Kwok-wai, Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affair said the amendment bill is put forward in the hopes of lawmakers to live up to the oath they have taken during their full term.
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