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Leung Chun-ying

Leung Chun-ying, also known as CY Leung, is the chief executive of Hong Kong. He was born in 1954 and assumed office on July 1, 2012. During the controversial 2012 chief executive election, underdog Leung unexpectedly beat Henry Tang, the early favourite to win, after Tang was discredited in a scandal over an illegal structure at his home.

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No plans to replace CY Leung, says top Beijing official

Wang Guangya tells Hong Kong delegation that the central government hopes the city will unite in its support for the chief executive

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 2:08pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 5:01pm

The mainland official responsible for Hong Kong affairs yesterday dismissed speculation that the central government was seeking to oust Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Wang Guangya, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, insisted that Beijing still backed Leung, following speculation in sections of the Hong Kong media that a successor was under consideration.

The central government has noted that [Leung's administration] has not had a smooth start but they hope all sectors in Hong Kong can stay united and focus on improving the economy and people's livelihood

Instead, Wang expressed his support for Leung to a delegation representing Hong Kong's farming sector, who met him behind closed doors in Beijing.

It is the first time Beijing has expressed support for Leung since his top ally, former executive councillor Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, became embroiled in a police investigation into the failed Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange (HKMEx), which Cheung founded. On Friday he resigned from all his public posts, including membership of Exco.

"Director Wang reiterated that the central government has no Plan B," said Chan Yung, who is also a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress, referring to suggestions that Beijing was considering a replacement for Leung.

"The central government has noted that [Leung's administration] has not had a smooth start but they hope all sectors in Hong Kong can stay united and focus on improving the economy and people's livelihood," Chan said.

"[They hope people will] support the government and Leung Chun-ying - yes, his name was mentioned - to implement policies in accordance with the law."

According to Chan, Wang also noted that some Hongkongers had proposed "a political topic even Hong Kong people don't understand" - a reference to plans by the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement for a civil disobedience campaign.

Wang said he hoped people would hold rational discussions instead of indulging in confrontation, Chan said, adding that there was no discussion of political reform.

Rumours about Leung being replaced featured in an article published on Wednesday by Next Magazine, which said that Beijing had started looking for a replacement, just as it had replaced Tung Chee-hwa with Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in 2005.

Five candidates were being considered, according to Next, including Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and lawmaker and former security minister Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee.

Ip said yesterday she had not heard of a plan to replace Leung.

Leung denied on Tuesday that there was any move to replace him.

 

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Dai Muff
Just like devaluation. We have no plans to devalue the currency until we devalue the currency.
ejmciii
Why would the masters want to replace him as he is doing their bidding according to their orders? They are probably the only ones completely happy with his performance but they are also the only ones who really have a say.
likingming
Capable leader could bridge the difference between Mainland and HK and run HK smoothly.
Incapable leader should take side. Either pro-hongkong or pro-beijing not both.
CY is not only incapable but stupid. As such he could neither pro-HK nor pro-Beijing.
And that is a tragedy to both HK and Beijing.
onepack
@caractacus
Beautifully put!
And actually nice how government officials unmask their state of mind themselves.
There's a big gap in the legislative reality that is applied to the people, or on real life, and the one pictured in the minds of the rulers.
This has to be watched carefully, and expose anytime it's heard, seen, read, or practiced.
johnyuan
So I am made aware that Hong Kong has a farming sector. There seems an overt-current in Hong Kong to throw as many road blocks imaginable at C. Y. Leung at his job as the Chief Executive. Perhaps the farming sector running to see officials in Beijing is more representing not agriculture but interest in farm land. It is more likely about conversion of farm land into real estate property. In fact, the sector even raise political question and perhaps to get its wish. Good fortune for the farmers. Should Tung’s forced resignation happen on CY Leung, we know short history of Hong Kong repeats itself because of its unyielding stronghold on property culture.
caractacus
The irony of this article is the tacit acceptance that, in principle, the HK Chief Executive can be replaced at will by Beijing without any regard for the Basic Law, elections or any constitutional laws.
The very fact that Wang Guangya, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, has said that Beijing supports C.Y. Leung and has no plans to replace him, instead of saying "we cannot replace him because of the law", suggests that an arbitrary overturning of the Basic Law is accepted as a political reality.
In China there has mostly never been any real respect for law, it has been ruled according to the arbitrary rule of man, hence the rampant corruption by those who cannot understand that their positions of authority are intended to be other than to benefit themselves.
C.Y. Leung, whilst obliged as a matter of courtesy to listen to the views of central government, must wake up and realise that HE is the Chief Executive and has the power to run the SAR without interference from anyone from the PRC, whose officials he can if he wishes, tell to "butt out" if they become too interfering. He must kick out the self-interested cronies, especially the rotten Heung Yee **** and property tycoons and appoint honest, talented people who genuinely care about their city.
The Joint Declaration is being dishonoured and, as predicted, it was not the mainlanders who were to be feared, but the sycophantic rats in Hong Kong who are betraying the interests of the people.
Dai Muff
Well, he can always get a bad leg.
yellow_lynx_cat
One liner to sum it up: Epic Freudian slip.....
ubifrancehk
Lam, previously a columnist for SCMP. This newspaper lost so many talents in the past few years !
wongavery1
I'm Relieved to hear it! People may not like CY, but people would probably hate it even more to have Hong Kong run by a mainland official.
People need to put faith in CY and stop firing at him for petty error he makes. Let's face it, Hong Kong will never have universal suffrage unless China starts doing it first. Hong Kongers may have wanted the Brits to stay out of fear that the Communist Party in China was still aggressive, but they have clearly relaxed their grip on the Chinese people as a whole. To the Hong Kongers, I'd like to use the massively popular British Term "Keep Calm and Carry On". You aren't going to be able to impeach CY even if you wanted to, so just get on with your own business and try and maintain the biggest legacy that the British had left behind for us: a highly international community, a MNC hub and lots of foreign investment. If we hold on to such narrow-minded views the way some of us do with CY, we're going to lose it all.

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