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Theresa May made one of the biggest political miscalculations: correspondent Listen
RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, says British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has made one of the biggest political miscalculations in living memory. He says she called for a general election to get a stronger mandate and power base, but ended up trying to join another party. The election has produced a hung parliament, with May and the ruling Conservative Party losing their parliamentary majority. Grey speaks to Annemarie Evans.
Hong Kong’s income disparity widens Listen
Latest government figures show Hong Kong's income disparity is at its largest in 46 years. The Gini coefficient, which measures income inequality, increased from 0.537 in 2011 to 0.539 last year. The index ranges from zero to one - the higher the figure, the bigger the income disparity. But the census chief says one could not make conclusions about the wealth-gap situation just by looking at the index. Jim Gould asked an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Polytechnic University, Dr Chung Kim-wah, whether he agrees.
Japan passes law to enable Emperor Akihoto to abdicate Listen
Japan's parliament passed a law that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries. The popular 83-year-old monarch shocked the country last summer when he signalled his desire to take a back seat after nearly three decades on the Chrysanthemum Throne, citing his age and health problems. The unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life -- and it reignited debate about allowing women to ascend the male-only throne. The one-off rule was passed in the last-stage upper house in a unanimous decision after the lower chamber gave its stamp of approval last week. The abdication must take place within three years -- and it only applies to Akihito. RTHK’s Tokyo correspondent, Julian Ryall, tells Annemarie Evans what happens now.