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Leung's allies show dissent at rallies

In what looked like a case of 'if you can't beat them, join them', protesters from pro-establishment factions were seen among the rowdy crowds outside two town hall meetings yesterday, in a sign of discord in the coalition ahead of Legco elections.

Monday, 16 July, 2012, 12:00am

Despite Leung's heady toast, reconciliation is off the table

The 'great reconciliation', as touted by Leung Chun-ying after his election triumph on March 25, has yet to go beyond the wine-fuelled banter that marked the two dinners attended by him and supporters of campaign rival Henry Tang Ying-yen in recent months.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Carrie Lam praises disgraced minister's dedication

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor reiterated her support for disgraced former development minister Mak Chai-kwong, as Leung Chun-ying's team continued to brave questions about their policies and integrity during the third and final round of town-hall sessions yesterday.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Legco rowdy but not violent, says president

He may have expelled radical lawmakers from the chamber dozens of times and dished out hundreds of warnings for unruly behaviour, but outgoing Legislative Council president Tsang Yok-sing has rejected the idea that the behaviour of Legco's troublemakers is violent.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Residents issue own rallying cry

What's the best way to vent anger about rowdy protesters constantly gathering outside your home? By staging a protest of your own, of course.

People who live near the central government's liaison office in Western - often used as the finishing point for marches - are fed up with the protesters and the police security measures that often prevent them from going home.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

C.Y. seen as victim of party jockeying

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's two-week-old administration is struggling because it cannot rely on the support of pro-establishment parties, who are worried about their own fortunes ahead of September's legislative election, a new Executive Council member says.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Thrown to the wolves of public opinion

People who think they are wolves may just be sheep waiting for the slaughter. During the election for the chief executive, the hands-down favourite, Henry Tang Ying-yen, was called a pig while Leung Chun-ying, the dark horse, was the wolf. Now Leung, the eventual winner, has a chance of experiencing what it is like to be thrown like meat to the real wolves, the Hong Kong public.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Steady hands

In my past public service, I witnessed the inauguration of three governors and two chief executives. But I have seen nothing like the first two weeks of the fourth term of the SAR government, when there is so much public resentment caused by the alleged misconduct of new chief executive Leung Chun-ying and some of his team members.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Academic battles poll ban

A City University academic whose foreign passport bars him from standing in the Legco election in September is challenging electoral law.

Hans Mahncke filed a judicial review application in the High Court yesterday after the Electoral Affairs Commission ruled he was ineligible to run in a geographical constituency or the functional constituency seat for the education sector.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Chief executive's policies will speak louder than his words

July 1 was a memorable day for me. In the morning, I was sworn in as a non-official member of the Executive Council in a grand and solemn ceremony with President Hu Jintao in attendance. In the afternoon, I watched the annual march on its route from Victoria Park towards Central.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Like it or not, C.Y. is chief executive

I watched live on television last week part of the resumed second reading of the Companies Bill in the Legislative Council chamber. I was appalled at what I saw.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The election's over, but Leung and his team are stuck in campaign mode

Leung Chun-ying fought an uphill battle as the underdog in the chief executive election and eventually snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Fears of conflict over Lam roles persist

About 12 per cent of complaints handled by the Equal Opportunities Commission over the past five years concerned government bodies, the equality watchdog said yesterday.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Credibility crisis engulfs Leung

After less than two weeks in office, Leung Chun-ying has lost a minister and seen his administration engulfed in several governance crises.

Political parties and academics said yesterday's resignation of secretary for development Mak Chai-kwong, over the possible abuse of a civil service rent-subsidy scheme, had weakened the administration's credibility and ability to rule.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Trade union stalwart joins battle for a 'super seat'

The battle for the five Legco 'super seats' in September's election is heating up, with a heavyweight of the Beijing-friendly Federation of Trade Unions joining the fray last night.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am