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Hong Kong's Carrie Lam backs move to let pro-Beijing lawmaker oversee committee and get anthem law passed

The incumbent House Committee chair has the power to handle non-urgent legislative business amid a backlog created by months of failing to elect a new chair, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday.

Legislative Council President Andrew Leung announced on Monday that Starry Lee, leader of the pro-Beijing DAB party, had the authority to deal with House Committee matters as the current chair, according to outside legal advice.

Carrie Lam. Photo: inmediahk.net.

The committee has been paralysed since last October over its inability to elect a new chair and deputy chair, with democrats accused of filibustering. Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok, who has presided over 16 House Committee meetings, has also come under fire, with two of Beijing’s representative offices in Hong Kong accusing him of abusing his power and causing major delays to legislative proceedings.

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