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Hong Kong Leader Denies Discussing Potential Resignation

Hong Kong's leader denied Tuesday she weighed resigning after audio surfaced allegedly depicting the leader saying she would step down if that was an option.

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam denies a recent report suggesting she weighed resigning from her post amid months of civil unrest, according to the Associated Press.

Lam made those remarks Tuesday saying, “I have never tendered a resignation to the central people’s government. I have not even contemplated to discuss a resignation … the choice of not resigning was my own choice.”

Her remarks come just one day after Reuters obtained audio from a meeting with Lam last week suggesting she would step down if she could.

Lam reportedly said she would quit if that was an option, and would issue a “deep apology” in response to the move.

Her remarks come less than a week after the Chinese military deployed troops to Hong Kong for a “routine rotation.”

Troops were deployed last week for the 22nd routine rotation, sparking fears of military intervention amid the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations.

A Chinese military official weighed in on the deployment warning the protesters must abide by Hong Kong law during the demonstrations. 

This move comes after Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam denied having lost control despite ongoing pro-democracy protests which turned violent again over a week ago.

Lam weighed in on the ongoing unrest saying, “I wouldn’t say that my government has lost control. Day in and day out, we are not only supporting the law enforcement bodies, we are also acting responsibly to deal with other issues that have arisen.”

She went on to reaffirm her commitment to her role in leading Hong Kong, despite heightened calls for her resignation. 

The protests first erupted back in June over an extradition bill that would have sent suspects to China for trial. 

Protestors claim they were worried those suspects would be subject to torture and may not receive fair trials. 

Thousands have taken to the streets since, calling for Lam’s resignation and probes into alleged police brutality.

The protests started out peacefully and eventually escalated into violent clashes between protestors and law enforcement. 

In response, Lam eventually suspended the extradition legislation back in July hoping the protests would subside. 

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