HONG KONG, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The Hong Kong government failed in a unprecendented legal attempt on Tuesday night to block the swearing-in of two newly elected lawmakers seeking to push for independence for the autonomous region.
High Court Judge Thomas Au rejected the government's last-ditch request for a delay to mount a judicial review before the two lawmakers re-take their oath of office at Hong Kong's Legislative Council on Wednesday.
Yau Wai-ching, aged 25, and Baggio Leung, 30, were initially barred last week by legislative authorities after pledging their allegiance to "Hong Kong nation" and displaying a "Hong Kong is not China" banner when they first attempted to take office.
The oath-taking by the duo is an early test of their determination to push a radical agenda into mainstream Hong Kong politics, as well as signalling the depth of the pro-Beijing establishment's anger at their rise.
Reporting by Venus Wu, Writing by Greg Torode, Editing by Angus MacSwan