Hong Kong court allows lawmakers to take office
Hong Kong's government has failed to block two pro-independence lawmakers from taking their oaths in a last-ditch legal challenge.
Judge Thomas Au of the High Court rejected a request for their swearing-in to be delayed for a judicial review.
Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung of the Youngspiration party had their oaths invalidated last week after mounting an anti-China protest in the legislature.
The pair slammed the court hearing as an abuse of the legal system.
They are expected to re-take their oaths tomorrow in the Legislative Council (LegCo) as scheduled.
Several pro-democracy lawmakers caused chaos in the LegCo last week by using their oath-taking to stage boisterous protests against China.
Five lawmakers in total need to re-take their oaths, the South China Morning Post reports.
Mr Leung and Ms Yau swore while saying their oaths and mispronounced "China".
Several pro-democracy candidates won LegCo seats in elections last month.
Many had played key roles in the 2014 "Umbrella protests" against growing Chinese influence in Hong Kong's politics.