Protesters use bamboo sticks as they face riot police during a protest in Hong Kong. Photo: AP

Can Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam issue an emergency edict? Yes, but the legislature needs to approve it

  • One of Lam’s advisers said such a move would not need Legco approval, but Hong Kong itself told a UN commission in 1999 it would be subject to vetting
  • Legislation would confer upon administration very broad powers, if chief executive decides city is in state of ‘emergency or public danger’
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Protesters use bamboo sticks as they face riot police during a protest in Hong Kong. Photo: AP
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