THE first full council meeting proved a difficult debut for the President, Andrew Wong Wang-fat. Mr Wong was challenged several times during the meeting, the first under his chairmanship. The first challenge came from pro-China legislator Philip Wong Yu-hong. When David Chu Yu-lin was about to start his motion debate, Mr Wong asked the President to explain his grounds for allowing it. Mr Wong said the exact wording of every motion had to be submitted to the Secretariat not less than 12 days in advance. Mr Wong asked whether Mr Chu's motion met that requirement since legislators were only sworn in last week. The President said he had discretionary power to do so. But after letting the debate go on for about 45 minutes, he suddenly announced 'recess'. After 40 minutes' recess, the President said he had received a new legal opinion. He concluded the President could still exercise discretion and let the debate go on. Another hurdle came when the council voted for Lee Cheuk-yan's amendment motion. The result was 20 votes for, 17 against, and one abstention. Even though he was not a mathematician, Liberal Party member Ronald Arculli doubted there were 38 members present. And Lau Chin-shek announced that his neighbour Ip Kwok-him did not know how to vote. The council then failed to form a quorum during a motion debate raised by Elizabeth Wong Chien Chi-lien. Only after three members had spoken did the President realise only 11 members were in the chamber, below the quorum of 20.