Pro-government lawmakers told RTHK on Wednesday that they had been called to a meeting with Chief Executive Carrie Lam, with members of the National People's Congress, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and the Executive Council also expected to join the talks at 4pm.
With the extradition bill crisis having dragged on for almost three months now, this was thought highly likely to be the subject of the meeting.
Some media reports suggested Lam would formally withdraw the extradition bill, one of five key demands of anti-government protesters. The CE has repeatedly insisted that the bill is already "dead", after she announced in June that its passage through Legco was being suspended.
The reports saw the Hong Kong stock market index zoom up by about 1,000 points and the HSI was 3.1 percent in afternoon trade.
Meanwhile, users of the popular LIHKG chat forum and Telegram groups were discussing the possible withdrawal of the bill and asking members to vote on their future course of action.
Some insisted that the CE must meet all five of their demands, which also include an inquiry into alleged police brutality, and genuine universal suffrage.
Liberal Party leader Felix Chung and Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien both told RTHK that they had been invited to meet Lam at Government House.
But they were tight-lipped about what would be discussed.
Last updated: 2019-09-04 HKT 14:30
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