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Hong Kong’s highest court dismissed an appeal by two pro-independence lawmakers contesting their disqualification from the legislature last year on Friday, effectively ruling out their return to the political fold in the Chinese-ruled city.

China’s parliament made a controversial interpretation of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution that effectively barred Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching from taking office. A Hong Kong court ruled they hadn’t taken their oaths of office properly after inserting several digs at China.

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