Tsang Yok-sing steps down after party accepts his resignation, but choice of successor is still undecided After 11 years at the helm of the party he helped create, Tsang Yok-sing last night formally stood down as chairman of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong. But his future as a member of the chief executive's cabinet remains unclear. Mr Tsang's resignation, tendered a week ago in the wake of the DAB's disastrous performance at the November 23 district council elections, was officially accepted by the party's central committee last night, effective immediately. No successor was named. At a press briefing after the committee meeting, party vice-chairman Tam Yiu-chung made the expected announcement that the 36-member committee had accepted Mr Tsang's resignation. Mr Tsang will maintain his post on the party's central committee and standing committee. Mr Tam, who is tipped to take over as party leader, said the standing committee would meet on Tuesday to elect the new chairman. Until then, the party's three vice-chairmen will share the work. Describing the election setback as a regret, Mr Tsang said he had to shoulder a 'very, very huge' responsibility for it. 'I'm aware that, in the past few months, many Hong Kong people have lost trust in the DAB,' he said. 'I don't believe there are fundamental flaws in our basic beliefs and political goals. It's the party, in particular my behaviour and performance, in the past few months that have contributed to the negative image that formed among the public.' Mr Tsang did not elaborate on what caused the change of perception, saying only that as he was the one whose remarks were most frequently reported in the media it was natural that the public's perception of the party was mainly based on him. Mr Tsang's controversial comment that some of the 500,000 people who joined the July 1 march were 'misled' is widely believed to have cost the party support. Asked whether, if he had a choice, he would still make the comment, Mr Tsang said: 'It's such a hypothetical question, I don't know how to answer.' While saying that stepping down was something he had to do, Mr Tsang conceded that his resignation alone would not solve all the problems. 'The party is now faced with the tremendous task of rebuilding a positive image among the public in Hong Kong,' he said. The pro-government party secured only 30 per cent, or 62, of the 206 seats it contested in the polls. Three of the six DAB lawmakers who contested seats, including party vice-chairman Ip Kwok-him, were also defeated. In contrast, the Democrats won 95 of the 120 seats it contested, a success rate of nearly 80 per cent. Mr Tsang, stressed he would not be a 'shadow chairman' despite keeping his committee posts. When asked whether he would consider becoming chairman again if party members elected him, a smiling Mr Tsang said: 'Somebody said that in politics, never say never.' But he added there was no need for the party's 'first generation' to continue to occupy the leadership roles for a long time as capable young members would spring up through the party's 'metabolism'. With his resignation as DAB leader, questions have mounted about whether he will resign from Exco. Mr Tsang said again that it was up to Mr Tung to decide whether to keep him in the cabinet. Pressed whether he would take the initiative to resign, Mr Tsang said he had yet to discuss the matter with the party. 'I fully understand that my post on the Executive Council is very sensitive, I also understand that any move I make would arouse different reactions. As I haven't gauged views from party members, I don't want to make any decision yet.'