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“I joined cabinet because Carrie Lam wants an inclusive administration”: Ronny Tong Listen
The Convenor of the think-tank Path of Democracy says he has joined incoming Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s cabinet because she wants a more inclusive government. Ronny Tong, who’s a former lawmaker, says someone like him would be able to directly reflect the thinking of the pan-democrats to the administration. He says this will also help in seeking universal suffrage for Hong Kong. Tong spoke to Annemarie Evans.
Hong Kong’s legal system under attack from the mainland Listen
A former Bar Association chairman, Paul Shieh, says ignorant people and organisations on the mainland have been making ill-founded comments against judicial independence and the rule of law in Hong Kong. He says some of the attacks have gone beyond the bounds of free speech. He cited one of the comments that stated the territory’s judiciary has been infiltrated by foreign powers, and the problem needs to be corrected. Shieh tells Ben Tse if these people and organisations begin to form a fear that Hong Kong judges will kneel down because of pressure from the mainland, it will not be good for the city’s legal system.
Islamic State blowing up mosque is 'a declaration of defeat': Iraqi PM Listen
The Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has described the destruction of the Great al-Nuri mosque in Mosul as a declaration of defeat by the Islamic State group, or Isis. The Iraqi military say the mosque, with its ancient leaning minaret, was blown up by Isis. The mosque is highly symbolic as it was where the Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had made his only public appearance shortly after he proclaimed a caliphate three years ago. Paul Rogers, who is a professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in Britain, tells Annemarie Evans that Isis destroyed the 800-year-old mosque probably because it is expecting to fall to the Iraqi forces in the city in the next few days.