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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday postponed a Sept. 6 election for the territory's legislature for a year because of a spike in novel coronavirus cases, dealing a blow to the pro-democracy opposition hoping to make gains in the vote.

The opposition had aimed to ride a wave of resentment against the new national security law, which Beijing imposed on the city on June 30, to win a majority in the Legislative Council, where half the seats are directly elected and the other half filled mostly by pro-Beijing appointees.

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