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Legislative Council

Attempt to oust Legco president Andrew Leung struck down

Civic Party vice-chairwoman Tanya Chan wanted to table the motion to remove Leung over his handling of the oath-taking saga

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 October, 2016, 8:30pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 October, 2016, 3:00am

Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen escaped from the pan-democrats’ first attempt to oust him, after the agenda-setting house Committee’s head ruled against the tabling a vote of no-confidence over Leung’s handling of two localists’ oath-taking next Wednesday.

Civic Party vice-chairwoman Tanya Chan wanted to table the motion to remove Leung, after the president accepted the pro-establishment camp’s demand and banned Younspiration’s Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching from re-taking their oath on Wednesday.

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The pair triggered a political storm after they used insulting language in their original oath-taking on October 12.

“I know to table any motion next Wednesday, I have to make my request by this Tuesday,” Chan explained. “But this is a matter of urgency because the incident only happened this Wednesday.”

Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, who had questioned Leung eligibility as Legco president, agreed.

“In the past week, Leung has lost his credibility as president, and it is a matter of urgency to minimise the harm he is doing on Hong Kong by tabling and passing this motion as soon as possible,” he said.

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However, the House Committee’s chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king, who also heads the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the biggest pro-Beijing party in the Legco, disagreed.

“Apart from urgency, I also need to consider if lawmakers who did not attend this meeting have enough time to learn about Chan’s motion,” Lee explained. “So I decided that the motion’s tabling should be discussed again next Friday, this would not affect Chan’s rights as lawmaker.” Lee’s allies endorsed the decision.