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Henry Tang calls for public consultation on CE election by October

Ex-chief secretary says schedule is tight for selecting next leader by universal suffrage

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 3:34pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 5:23am

Former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen yesterday urged the government to launch a consultation by October on arrangements for choosing Hong Kong's next leader by universal suffrage.

Tang's remarks came as Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the government would start the consultation at a "suitable time", without giving a timetable.

Tang warned that the government had no time to waste in preparing for the Legislative Council elections in 2016 and chief executive poll in 2017. The government has stated its goal is also for the legislature to be elected by universal suffrage in 2020.

Tang said the government should learn from the previous administration's experience in pushing through the "2012 package" of changes before last year's elections for the chief executive and Legco. As chief secretary, Tang spearheaded that effort, which expanded the Election Committee and increased the number of seats in Legco.

"The next Legco election will be held in 2016. If we work backwards, by 2015 we will need to have all the local legislation finished so that government can get ready," said Tang.

The next Legco election will be held in 2016. If we work backwards, by 2015 we will need to have all the local legislation finished so that government can get ready

Tang was elected a member of the standing committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on Monday.

He said that steps like winning Legco's approval for the government's reform package, getting the chief executive's consent, and getting the green light from Beijing could take up to a year. Then another year was needed to prepare the legislation.

Meanwhile, a new forum for pan-democratic parties to discuss the political reforms will hold its first meeting today.

The group, comprising the Democratic Party, Civic Party, Labour Party and some independents, is also in talks to include the radical wing of the camp, such as the League of Social Democrats and People Power.

The group will be formally launched next month.



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hard times !
This Old Hong Kong agrees with what Henry Tang Ying-yen said that most Hong Kong people of Chinese nationality are people who love the country:the PRC/POC and Hong Kong.If so, the critieria that the candidates competing for the top post in town in 2017 should be a patriot while a Hongkong lover is really meaningless.If only those who embrace Chinese Communist Party ---the ruling regime on Mainland China are patriots, I wonder whether our National Father:Dr.Sun Yet-sen is a patriot since he never loved the ruling regime---the Ching Dynasty rulers by becoming a doctor to serve the court and nobles.Instead, he became a leader of revolutionists who overturned the corrupted Ching Dynasty ! It teaches us that loving one's country has nothing to do with loving the ruling regime.Mad Dog Wong Yuk-man claime that he loved China very much,except the Chinese Communist Party ! is he a geniune patriot ? Definitely !
Phoney. Anyone seriously interested in democracy for Hong Kong cannot imagine why on earth the process doesn't start TODAY.
Oct 2013 and Jan 2014 (next year), is there a real difference?
If I were Henry Tang, I would be bold enough to say....NOW IS THE TIME....but he dare not...
By making such comment, Henry Tang has just taken a free ride, hasn't he?


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