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Interpretation of the Basic Law: discussion with Woo Kwok-hing & Cheung Tat-ming, US election special: A changing Texas (05 Nov 2016)

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In Britain this week, campaigners took the government to court and won a verdict forcing the government to seek Parliament’s approval before triggering the process that will lead to an exit from the European Union. This demonstrates that separation of powers is alive and well in the UK, while here in Hong Kong the Chief Executive and the Secretary for Justice appear to have another view reflected in their use of the courts to diminish the separation of powers by overruling the President of Legco decision to allow two democratically elected legislators, Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching to retake their oaths and thus kick them out of office. Now it appears almost certain that the government in Beijing is not going to wait for the Hong Kong court’s ruling on this matter but will step in and provide an interpretation of the Basic Law that will achieve precisely what the government sought to achieve from its court action – in fact this interpretation may prove to be even more draconian. With us in the studio is Eric Cheung, Principal Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. Who’s up to be Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive? There is speculation that Beijing may have a shortlist of ten prospects. Jasper Tsang says he may run if necessary, or maybe not. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam says she will retire next year. The Financial Secretary is pondering “To run or not to run, that is the question.” But last Thursday, retired judge, Woo Kwok-hing was the first to actually set his feet in the starting blocks for the race. He says he doesn’t understand what the others are waiting for, and now we have a chance to find out why he didn’t wait. And, to another election, in the United States, the battle between Republican candidate Donald Trump and the Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton has become uglier and uglier. What now seems to be happening is that Americans will opt for the candidate who is least unpopular as opposed to the one who is most popular. The Pulse’s Liz Yuen is now in Texas, which has long been a Republican leaning stronghold, but in which Hillary Clinton may be making enough inroads to turn it into a swing state. Stay tuned as we will be bringing you more reports from the US next week when we’ll know how the election has panned out.

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Station: 
RTHK
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