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CY Leung not running for a second term: discussion with legislators Alvin Yeung, Paul Tse & political commentator Chris Yeung (10 Dec 2016)


Just two days before Sunday’s election of the 1,200-member chief executive election committee, Chief Executive Leung Chung-ying has announced he will not run for a second term. Mr Leung cited family reasons for his decision. To put it mildly, his announcement came as a surprise. The Central Government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong said in a statement on Friday afternoon that it “fully understands and respects” the decision and expressed its “deep regret”. Mr Leung, nicknamed 689 for the number of votes he received when he was appointed to office, has proved to be the most divisive and controversial of Hong Kong’s three Chief Executives. Under his watch divisions in Hong Kong have clearly increased. But what comes next? So far the only prominent figure to declare a definite interest in running for the post is retired judge Woo Kwok-hing, but it seems highly likely that the Chair of the New People’s Party Regina Ip will announce her candidacy next Thursday. With us in the studio are Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung, legislator Paul Tse and political commentator, Chris Yeung.

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, December 10, 2016
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