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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Samantha Butler


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John Lee brushes aside criticism of CE election  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive-elect John Lee says he worked hard to win Hong Kong's top job, and that he disagreed with criticism of Sunday's election by the European Union. The EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said the bloc saw the selection process as "another step in the dismantling" of 'one country, two systems'. But Lee said the election was conducted according to the law. He also stressed the importance of the rule of law and an independent judiciary. Violet Wong reports:
HK's electoral revamp declared 'complete'  Listenfacebook
The outgoing Chief Executive Carrie Lam has declared the political system of "patriots administering Hong Kong" is now complete following Sunday's Chief Executive election. She was speaking after a brief meeting with her successor, John Lee, at her office, during which they discussed the reorganisation of government, the battle against Covid-19 and plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. Timmy Sung reports:
'Huge reshuffle' of cabinet needed by Lee  Listenfacebook
A China strategist says it is no surprise that John Lee garnered 99 percent of votes from the Election Committee, which he described as filled by Beijing loyalists. But Andrew Leung said Lee faced deep-seated challenges, and would need to overhaul his cabinet and election team, in order to prove to the public that his government would not be 'old wine in a new bottle'. He spoke to Janice Wong:
Growing Covid cluster at Yuen Long restaurant  Listenfacebook
Health authorities reported 233 new Covid cases on Monday, 33 of which were imported. One was connected to a growing outbreak at a restaurant in Yuen Long, as Timmy Sung reports:
Expert calls for RAT tests for restaurant patrons  Listenfacebook
Infectious diseases expert, Joseph Tsang, says the government should consider requiring people to show a negative rapid antigen test result for Covid-19 before entering premises where masks are exempted, such as restaurants. Kelly Yu reports:
Trio charged over seditious chat group  Listenfacebook
Police have charged three people with incitement to commit wounding with intent, over what they describe as a "radical" social media chat group. They will appear in Eastern Court on Tuesday. Mike Weeks reports:
Dictator's son heading for presidential win  Listenfacebook
The son of a former dictator is heading for a landslide win in the Philippine's presidential election. Ferdinand 'BongBong' Marcos Junior has more than twice the number of votes of his main rival, the outgoing vice president, Leni Robredo. It would mean the Marcos clan would reclaim power for the first time since they were ousted by a people's revolt 36 years ago. Hong Kong's large Philippine community had been voting for Monday's elections since April 10. The spokesperson of the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body, Dolores Balladares, told Kelly Yu that she believed at least 50,000 of Hong Kong's more than 90,000 registered voters had cast their ballots, hoping that the new president could do more to support migrant workers:
NY mulls expanding abortion access  Listenfacebook
New York's Attorney General, Laetitia James, has proposed legislation which will enable the state to fund access to abortion for people from parts of the US where the procedure is banned. It comes after it emerged last week that the Supreme Court was on course to overturn a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy, which could affect more than half of the US states. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler more about the proposal: