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Hong Kong bans pro-democracy activist Chow from by-election

[HONG KONG] The Hong Kong government banned pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow from running in a Legislative Council by-election, saying her political beliefs are contrary to the city's constitution. 

A candidate's nomination was determined invalid because a person who advocated "self-determination" or independence would not be able to uphold the city's Basic Law or fulfill his or her duties as a legislator, the government said in a press release Saturday, without naming Ms Chow. 

Ms Chow's party Demosisto confirmed and condemned the disqualification in a Facebook statement. She was seeking to run for a seat in the Hong Kong Island constituency which was vacated after fellow party member Nathan Law was disqualified.

Four opposition lawmakers were ousted in July after a court ruled that they took oaths improperly. Last year's ruling came less than two weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping told Hong Kong, a special administrative region of the mainland, that challenges to Beijing's authority wouldn't be tolerated.

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