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Legco no-show: anti-bribery debate abandoned because not enough Hong Kong lawmakers show up

The Legislative Council meeting was adjourned unexpectedly this morning, after the lawmakers’ attendance fell short of the required minimum.

Before the meeting was suspended, lawmakers had finished a two-hour debate on whether the city’s chief executive should be bound by the anti-bribery ordinance.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was about to give her concluding speech, when League of Social Democrats chairman “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung called for the quorum bell to be rung to summon his colleagues back into the chamber.

As fewer than half of the 70 lawmakers were present in the chamber after the quorum bell was rung for 15 minutes, the meeting was adjourned until 11am next Wednesday according to Legco rules.

Since yesterday, Leung and People Power duo Albert Chan Wai-yip and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen have repeatedly called for the quorum bell to delay the meeting’s progress, partly because they were dissatisfied with Finance Committee chairman Chan Kin-por’s recent ruling to curb their filibustering effort in the committee meetings on Friday.

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