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  1. Basic Law, basic facts

    Posted Jan 20th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... pro-Beijing supporters and the democratic camp all cite the Basic Law as their guide. It clearly allows for democratic development from 2007, leaving the public to wonder what the problems are. ... and the Legislative Council require domestic legislation alone or amendment of the Basic Law or its annexes; how amendments to achieve electoral reform should be initiated; and whether reform for direct ...

  2. Two similar sets of laws, one basic difference

    Posted Dec 15th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... the handover of Hong Kong from Britain. Both Hong Kong and Macau were provided with a Basic Law by the National People's Congress. These mini-constitutions are largely similar, but with some ... Basic Law. Wu Bangguo, the NPC chairman, had words of praise for Macau that, to many, seemed like veiled criticism of Hong Kong. For one thing, he praised Macau's people because ...

  3. Challenge hastens request for Basic Law ruling

    Posted Mar 29th 2005, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung The government is moving quickly to seek an interpretation of the Basic Law on the chief executive's term, prompted by lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip's planned legal ... for an interpretation of the Basic Law at its meeting scheduled for next month,' a source said. 'The government made the decision after calculating the risks of different scenarios. The government ...

  4. Basic Law ruling crucial to HK: mainland official

    Posted Apr 24th 2005, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee An interpretation of the Basic Law over the tenure of the next chief executive by the National People's Congress Standing Committee is an integral part of Hong Kong's ... four-day meeting, starting today, which will address the Basic Law interpretation. Mr Chen pointed out that the chief executive was appointed by the central government after being elected. 'I ...

  5. Basic Law interpretation absolutely essential for HK, nation, says Wen

    Posted Apr 11th 2005, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung An early interpretation of the Basic Law on the term of new chief executive is 'absolutely essential' and in the best interests of Hong Kong and the nation, Premier ... provision in the Basic Law is absolutely essential.' Democrats expressed deep regret that the central authorities had endorsed the interpretation request before gauging the views of Hong ...

  6. New push to revive Article 23 legislation

    Posted Feb 12th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... as soon as possible. Wong said Hong Kong should resume discussion on Article 23 of the Basic Law. Macau enacted its national security law last year. 'Our neighbour [Macau] was handed over [to ... A spokesman for the Security Bureau said it had no timetable. 'In considering the way forward for Hong Kong's Basic Law Article 23 legislative exercise, the Hong Kong government ...

  7. Poll ploy breaches Law, says Beijing

    Posted Mar 11th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Having called it a blatant challenge to the Basic Law, it now says the exercise is 'fundamentally in breach' of the city's mini-constitution. Despite the warning from Li Fei, ... the moment' to ask the NPC Standing Committee to interpret the Basic Law on the matter. Speaking after a press conference at the annual session of the national legislature, Li said people in Hong Kong ...

  8. UN is urged to press Beijing over ruling

    Posted Apr 30th 2005, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee A United Nations committee has been urged to both question mainland officials over its decision to interpret the Basic Law and condemn the Hong Kong government for seeking ... governments, Mr To told delegates yesterday. 'The intervention of the mainland in Hong Kong affairs violates the 'high degree of autonomy' provided by the Basic Law and impinges ...

  9. Law Society changes its stance on length of CE term

    Posted Apr 26th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 5.16pm: The Law Society has dropped its opposition to Beijing?s interpretation of the Basic Law over the tenure of the next chief executive after its delegation met with mainland senior officials in Beijing on Tuesday, local radio reported. The Law Society originally said it had opposed a two-year term for the next chief executive. This was because the Basic Law ...

  10. Beijing law expert backs trade seats in reform debate

    Posted Nov 27th 2009, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Geping, deputy director of the State Council's Institute of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs and a law professor at Peking University. Rao said the Basic Law did not state that functional ... of the Basic Law Committee stressed that he was speaking in a personal capacity, but remarks by high-ranking Beijing legal experts have proved significant in the past and often reflect the central ...




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