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Carrie Lam 'happy to see re-emphasis on Basic Law' after Li Fei visit

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 12:01pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 12:01pm

Hongkongers are re-focusing on the Basic Law in their recent discussions about the city’s electoral reform, said Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Friday. 

Lam announced on Friday morning the first round of reform consultation would start in a few weeks’ time. The exercise would not directly touch on the controversial public nomination proposal, she said.

“I’ve noticed that after Basic Law Committee chairman Li Fei’s recent visit to the city, the recent remarks on electoral reform have put greater emphasis on compliance with the Basic Law and the related decisions of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee,” Lam told the media. “This is a gratifying phenomenon.”

During his three-day visit to Hong Kong last week, Li said the Basic Law put the right to choose candidates in the hands of a nominating committee – a remark widely interpreted as dashing pan-democrats’ hopes that public nomination would be allowed for the 2017 election of Hong Kong’s chief executive.

“We hope to nurture the atmosphere for reform by outlining the constitutional and legal issues,” said Lam. “The consultation would not specifically comment on individual proposals.”


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Everything seems to turn on whether the nominating committee members are elected by one-citizen-one-vote. If so, it would satisfy both the basic law requirement and pan-democrats for public nominations.
I haven't heard any talk about the Basic Law or how constitutional reform must comply with the Basic Law at all. I have heard people saying that Beijing is interfering in Hong Kong's internal affairs.
Can anyone point out where it says in the Basic Law that an eligible candidate, who is a Hong Kong permanent resident of Chinese nationality over 40 years old who has lived in Hong Kong for over 20 years continuously, must also be acceptable to Beijing. They want someone who will kowtow to Beijing.
Does Hong Kong really want to have a chief executive who is not acceptable to Beijing? There would be nothing but chaos.


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