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|Leung Chung-hang (L) and Yau Wai-ching .
Hong Kong’s High Court ruled yesterday that two legislators-elect who used insulting language against China while taking their oaths last month must be disqualified as lawmakers.
The ruling came after the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government and Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying filed a judicial review on October 18 against the decision by the president of the Legislative Council (LegCo) to give the pair a second chance to be sworn in.
Justice Thomas Au ruled in favor of the SAR government Chaussures Homme Nike Vapormax Bleu Noir Pas Cher , finding the oaths taken by the two to be invalid.
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The two legislators-elect have been disqualified from assuming office and vacated their seats as members of the LegCo since October 12, and are not entitled to act as members, the verdict said Chaussures Nike Vapormax Flyknit 2018 Grise Pas Cher , adding that the office of member of the LegCo previously occupied by each of the two is now vacant.
The court also ruled that the president of LegCo has no power to re-administer or allow for re-administration of any future oath-taking by the two.
In addition, it barred the pair from claiming to be entitled andor acting as members of the LegCo.
Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching used derogatory language insulting the Chinese nation when reading out their oaths at a swearing-in ceremony on October 12. Yau also displayed a banner proclaiming “Hong Kong is not China.”
Their behavior prompted the country’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee Chaussures Homme Nike Vapormax Flyknit 2018 Noir Pas Cher , to issue an interpretation of Article 104 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law on November 7, clarifying the implications and requirements of oath-taking by Hong Kong legislators-elect.
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The interpretation is binding on all Hong Kong courts and the courts should give effect to it, according to the court ruling.
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Leung, the chief executive, said he welcomed the court’s decision and added that the SAR government would act in accordance with the law.
LegCo President Leung Kwan-yuen said that he respected the judgment of the court.
“It is an unfortunate incident. But it is a good thing that the court clarified the law in this area Pas Cher Chaussures Nike Vapormax Off-White Blanche ,” he said.
“I sincerely hope that lawmakers and society can refocus on the affairs of the Legislative Council and its work in monitoring the government.”
The court’s ruling came amid a public outcry both in and outside Hong Kong against the pair’s behavior, with a signature drive demanding that they apologize and retract the insulting comments gaining the support of more than 1 million people online.
CAPE TOWN， Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday suspended the membership of Marius Fransman， former Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and ANC Western Cape Provincial Chairperson， for his misconduct.
The ANC's National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) has found Fransman guilty on two counts of misconduct -- abusing his office for the purpose of attempting to obtain a sexual favour from a female colleague and for making public statements which brought the ANC into disrepute， the NDC said.
"The NDC found both charges to be very serious and suspended his ANC membership for five years，" NDC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni said.
Fransman is being investigated by police for sexual harassment involving a 20-year-old woman， who laid a complaint against him when she accompanied Fransman to the ANC's 104th celebration in Rustenburg， North West Province in early January. Fransman has denied the allegation， saying he did nothing harmful to the woman. He also acknowledged that he knew the woman personally.
The NDC said the charged member showed no political understanding of one of the fundamental objectives of the ANC， the support for and advancement of women's emancipation.
As a provincial leader in the ANC， he should have known about the triple oppression of South African women and the giant strides being made by the ANC to accord women their rights and help them to overcome their oppression， Sangoni said.
"Discipline is the glue that holds the ANC together. There is no room in the ANC for leaders and members， irrespective of position or seniority， who show scant regard for the values and objectives of the ANC and who consciously choose to define themselves outside the organization in breach of their membership oath，" said Sangoni.
According to the NDC， Fransman deliberately misled the public when he said that he did not receive documents to enable him to prepare for his disciplinary hearing whereas in truth he was given all the relevant documents he needed to prepare his defence.
The charged member did not attend the hearing and showed no remorse for his misconduct， the NDC said.
The ANC in the Western Cape Province welcomed the NDC's decision， saying it has full confidence in the work of the NDC.
The latest development came as the ANC is troubled by declining support due to lax discipline and corruption involving senior ANC officials.
Fransman， who has worked for the ANC for more than 20 years， resigned from the Western Cape provincial chairmanship earlier this year following the sex harassment scandal.
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