Several old faces to stay on in Exco under Leung
At least four members of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's Executive Council have been invited to serve incoming chief executive Leung Chun-ying, the South China Morning Post has learned.
They are Cheng Yiu-tong, honorary president of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions and a Hong Kong delegate to the National People's Congress; lawyer Anna Wu Hung-yuk, chairwoman of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority; legislator Lau Wong-fat, chairman of the rural representative body Heung Yee Kuk; and Laura Cha Shih May-lung, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress.
Sources said only Lau had not yet decided whether he would remain on the council.
The Post has also learned that a few new faces will join the council.
They include Starry Lee Wai-king, a legislator from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong; Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, Leung's top aide and head of the Chief Executive-elect's Office; Dr Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, former education minister during the Tung Chee-hwa administration; and Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, the Urban Renewal Authority chairman who headed Leung's election campaign office.
Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, of the New People's Party, was also believed to be on the list of new members.
But some analysts believe Leung may want a rethink after Ip yesterday abstained from voting in a motion to give priority for his government restructuring plan to be discussed in the legislature.
Ip said she could not support the government this time because doing so could affect other items on the already-lengthy agenda. She said she was not worried that there could be retaliation.
City University political analyst James Sung Lap-kung said Ip's move could cost her a position on the Executive Council.
'It will unavoidably affect Leung's and Beijing's impression of her,' he said.
The term for current members ends on June 30. It was not known when Leung will announce the new line-up.
In 2007, Tsang announced his Executive Council line-up days before the start of his second term in July.