Finally, the race for HK's top job is on
The race for Hong Kong's top job officially started at the weekend when former Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying and former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said they would run in next year's election.
Leung launched his 'One Heart One Vision for Hong Kong' campaign at a rally at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday. He pledged to change the government's policies in the face of rapid global changes and deep-rooted conflicts, while preserving stability.
'While we need to communicate, we should also be ready to make decisions,' he said. 'We should not just tread on the old paths and stay in our comfort zone.'
Tang entered the race the day before. But his carefully planned announcement in the working class district of Sham Shui Po was derailed by protests.
He was forced to jump on a train and make his announcement outside the Admiralty MTR station.
Tang said he was the right person to lead Hong Kong because he would be a leader who could 'galvanise the power and the force of the people to work towards the same goal'.