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Interpretation of the Basic Law (11 Apr 2004)


The National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) has decided that only the Central Government can initiate political reform in Hong Kong. Albert Chen Hung-yee (Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong and Member, Basic Law Committee (BLC), NPCSC) says in China, where legislative interpretation is practiced, this is only an interpretation but in Hong Kong, this is regarded as an amendment to the Basic Law. But Ronny Tong Ka-wah (Member, Article 45 Concern Group) disagrees and explains why even under the Chinese system, this is an amendment. Raymond Wu Wai-yung (Member, BLC NPCSC) says the NPCSC has the final interpretive power.

Publish Date: 
Sunday, April 11, 2004
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