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Commencement dates of Sixth LegCo and 2016-17 legislative session
     The Government announced today (July 22) that, in accordance with section 4(3) of the Legislative Council Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council has specified October 1, 2016, as the commencement date of the Sixth Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
     "The Fifth LegCo will end on September 30, 2016. Commencing the Sixth LegCo on October 1, 2016, will ensure that the LegCo's term of office ends and commences on a back-to-back basis," a government spokesman said.
     In addition, under section 9(2) of the Ordinance, the Chief Executive has specified October 12, 2016, as the date on which the 2016-17 legislative session is to begin. The Chief Executive has also specified October 12, 2016, at 11am as the date and time for holding the first meeting of the Sixth LegCo in accordance with section 10(1) of the Ordinance.
     Notices announcing the commencement date of the Sixth LegCo, the commencement date of the 2016-17 legislative session, and the date and time of holding the first meeting of the Sixth LegCo are published in the Government Gazette today.
Ends/Friday, July 22, 2016
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