Hong Kong leader defends Omicron handling, lays out details for revamped bureaus and Northern Metropolis in testy opening session of revamped legislature

Hong Kong’s leader opened the new legislative term on Wednesday with a speech that resembled a policy address in ambition and scope, as she mounted a stout defence of her handling of the Omicron outbreak and announced details of a plan to restructure government bureaus.In exchanges with lawmakers over two hours that turned testy at times, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor also refused to apologise over the government’s policy of granting quarantine exemptions to cargo aircrew members…


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