Wong Yuk-man hands league chairmanship to Andrew To

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 February, 2010, 12:00am

Former talk-show host and lawmaker Wong Yuk-man relinquished the leadership of the League of Social Democrats yesterday, handing the chairmanship to Andrew To Kwan-hang. Another 20 young members were also confirmed in new leadership roles.

Following the league's annual general meeting, To and the 20 new executive committee members were confirmed in their roles, making To, at 43, the youngest leader of a political group in the city.

He was the only candidate, with 97 votes approving him, 37 opposed and 10 abstentions.

The average age of the executive committee members is 34. The league was founded in 2006 by Wong and Albert Chan Wai-yip, Leung Kwok-hung and To. Initially, its core members comprised many former Democratic Party members who left the party, discontented over the lack of internal reform.

To rose to prominence as secretary of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, which played an active part in leading Hong Kong's efforts to support the democracy activists in Tiananmen Square in 1989. He is a Wong Tai Sin district councillor and has been co-ordinating the de facto referendum efforts with the Civic Party.

To said the new leaders faced a heavy burden of implementing the de facto referendum plan, but stressed the importance of renewal and reform of the group in order to prevent overreliance on individuals.