Pro-democracy lawmakers to symbolically impeach 'Beijing-backed' Hong Kong leader

London, Jan 9 (ANI): Pro-democracy politicians are making a symbolic attempt to impeach Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader.

Members of Hong Kong's legislature were planning to introduce a motion to charge the city's leader, chief executive Leung Chun-ying, with serious breaches of law that could lead to his impeachment.

They claimed that Leung misled them about illegal renovations to his mansion.

According to the Daily Express, it is the first such attempt to impeach a Hong Kong leader since the former British colony came back under China's control in 1997.

Leung survived a no-confidence vote in December.

According to the report, the motion was unlikely to pass because the 27 legislators are outnumbered by pro-Beijing representatives in the 70-seat Legislative Council.

The paper pointed out that Leung, whose approval rating has fallen to around 50 percent, still has the support of China's communist leaders.

Even if the motion was approved, Leung is still unlikely to be impeached because an investigation committee headed by the secretary of justice would have to be formed and any findings approved by a two-thirds majority in the legislature, the report said. (ANI)


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