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HK opposition likely to soften stance on security law as Legco polls near

As Hong Kong enters a new chapter with a sweeping new national security law kicking in, the opposition camp is likely to soften its stance ahead of the Sept 6 Legislative Council (Legco) election, said observers.

Under the new law that took effect on Tuesday night, violators would lose their right to stand in local or Legco elections, forfeit the right to take up public office or become a member of the election committee for the chief executive polls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2020, with the headline 'HK opposition likely to soften stance on security law as Legco polls near'. Print Edition | Subscribe