New-look DAB unveils leadership
Dikky Sinn and Gary Cheung
Former democrat is selected as vice-chairman
A founding member of a pro-democracy group was elected as vice-chairman of the biggest pro-government party yesterday.
Lawmaker Lau Kong-wah was chosen last night by the central committee of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.
He was a founding member of the United Democrats of Hong Kong, which merged with Meeting Point, another pro-democracy group, in 1994 to form the Democratic Party. Mr Lau ran in the New Territories East constituency in the 1991 Legislative Council election but quit the United Democrats shortly after he lost in the poll. He joined the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) in 1997.
Ma Lik, chairman of the DAB, which merged with the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance to form the new party, was elected its chairman. DAB vice-chairmen Tam Yiu-chung and Ip Kwok-him will fill the same roles in the merged party.
Maria Tam Wai-chu, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress, was elected a vice-chairwoman. She is the only member of the Alliance in the new party's leadership.
Mr Ma said his party wished to forge closer political ties with the government.