Hong Kong leader formally withdraws controversial extradition bill

Reuters

Posted at Sep 04 2019 06:15 PM

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a news conference in Hong Kong, China, September 3, 2019. Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters/file

HONG KONG - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday announced the formal withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its worst political crisis in decades.

The bill, which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China where courts are controlled by the Communist Party, triggered months of unrest and posed the gravest challenge to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

More details to follow.