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Newly elected HK lawmakers to take oath Monday

HONG KONG – Ninety lawmakers-elect — including 56 new faces — will take the oath of office on Monday, with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor administering the ceremony.

After the ceremony, the special administrative region government will publish the list of the lawmakers-elect whose oaths were determined to be valid. They will be the first lawmakers under Hong Kong’s improved electoral system.

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The seventh-term Legislative Council began its four-year term of office on Saturday. The new LegCo is expected to hold its first session on Jan 12

The taking of the oath is legally binding, the government said in a statement.

“The oath-taker must sincerely believe in and strictly abide by the relevant oath prescribed by law. An oath-taker who makes a false oath or who, after taking the oath, engages in conduct in breach of the oath, shall bear legal responsibility in accordance with the law,” the statement said.

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The seventh-term Legislative Council began its four-year term of office on Saturday. The new LegCo is expected to hold its first session on Jan 12.

The lawmakers-elect, chosen from 153 candidates in the Legislative Council election of Dec 19, come from different stratra of society. Among them, 31 were re-elected. Many of the newcomers are not affiliated politically, and some of them are professionals.

With Xinhua inputs