Will he, won’t he? Jasper Tsang continues to hint at possible run for Hong Kong’s top job

Outgoing Legco president insists there is need for chief executive election in March to be a real contest

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 September, 2016, 8:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 September, 2016, 1:03pm

Outgoing lawmaker Jasper Tsang Yok-sing is continuing to hint at the possibility that he might join the race for the city’s top job next year.

Speaking in an interview with Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing on Wednesday, Tsang refrained from backing potential contender John Tsang Chun-wah, noting that the financial secretary had made no attempt to elaborate on his vision of governance.

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“I have my own thoughts and visions,” Jasper Tsang said, adding he would not have to join the race “if another candidate shares the same vision with me”.

He insisted though that there was a need for the chief executive election in March to be a real contest.

Asked when he would announce his plan, he said it was too early at present. “Even Leung Chun-ying has not said whether he will seek re-election,” he said.

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There was a stir in political circles when the outgoing Legislative Council president was featured on the front cover of Time magazine and called him “Hong Kong’s hope”.

Joking that the American media’s support was a kiss of death, Tsang, 70, said he was already too old to bear the physical stress associated with the top job.

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