Traditionally low-profile election at Law Society was unusually fraught this year amid the pressures of a sweeping national security law

Five candidates pledging “professionalism” over politics swept an election for Hong Kong’s Law Society council, shattering the hopes of a camp that wanted tougher action to defend the rule of law in the global financial hub.

Five of the governing council’s 20 seats were up for grabs.

A society statement early on Wednesday confirmed that candidates widely seen as pro-establishment won all the open seats.

The traditionally low-profile election was unusually fraught this year amid the pressures of a sweeping

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