Hong Kong's Lam says hopes extradition bill's withdrawal will help solve crisis

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam addresses a news conference in Hong Kong, China September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Thursday she hopes the formal withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill and other measures will help solve the city’s political crisis.

Beijing-backed Lam was speaking a day after she formally withdrew the bill, which had sparked mass protests and plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its biggest political crisis in decades.

Protesters and some lawmakers were quick to respond that Lam’s move was too little, too late.

Reporting By Hong Kong Bureau, Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore