Hong Kong leader to formally withdraw extradition bill: report

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam arrives for a news conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (AP Photo)

Protest-hit Hong Kong is expected to withdraw proposed amendments to a controversial extradition bill, partially meeting a major demand of continued protests in the semi-autonomous region, a media report claimed on Wednesday.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is expected to announce later Wednesday the formal withdrawal of a proposed extradition bill that sparked three months of protests in the Chinese-ruled city, the South China Morning Post reported, citing unnamed sources.

Other local media outlets also reported on a possible withdrawal of the bill. The chief executive's office did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Hong Kong's main stock benchmark surged more than 3% on Wednesday afternoon after the reports emerged.

The withdrawal of the bill, which would have allowed Hong Kong citizens to be sent to mainland China to face trial, is one of the main demands of pro-democracy protesters who have plunged the former British colony into its deepest crisis in decades.

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