Politicians swear loyalty to Hong Kong, but face govt patriotic test

 Politicians swear loyalty to Hong Kong, but face govt patriotic test

A general view of skyline buildings, in Hong Kong, China July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

HONG KONG, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Two dozen democratically-elected politicians swore loyalty to Hong Kong on Friday under a new patriotic law, but some opposition councillors may face disqualification if their oaths are judged insincere.

The government enacted a law earlier this year that tightened patriotic loyalty tests by forcing all civil servants to take an oath of allegiance to Hong Kong and its mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

Under a drive to place “patriots” at the helm of Hong Kong’s institutions, authorities have previously disqualified opposition lawmakers and candidates in elections deeming similar oaths as insincere, citing media statements or campaign speeches they said had a “tendency” to undermine the overall interests in Hong Kong.

Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui told reporters the government will issue a…

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