The new leadership of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong wants its former chairman, Tsang Yok-sing, to remain in the Executive Council. A DAB source said the party's core members wanted Mr Tsang, who resigned to bear responsibility for the party's huge setback in last month's district council elections, to stay in Exco because it did not want to break completely with Tung Chee-hwa's administration. 'The party has the historical baggage of supporting the special administrative region government, although it has suffered from poor performance since joining the ruling alliance,' the source said. The DAB's central committee members and heads of regional branches are due to meet tomorrow to discuss the party's future relationship with the government and whether its representative should remain in Exco. The DAB is likely to announce at its annual general meeting on Tuesday whether Mr Tsang will be replaced by another party member if he resigns from Exco. It is understood the chief executive has not yet contacted new DAB chairman Ma Lik to congratulate him on his appointment or to invite him for talks about the party's Exco seat. There are calls within the DAB, particularly district councillors and activists at grassroots level, that its representative should not remain in Exco so as to avoid a repeat of last month's disastrous poll performance in next year's Legislative Council elections. The DAB source said the party still wished to retain a channel to get inside information about the government's policy-making process by keeping Mr Tsang in Exco. 'Besides, the core members want to balance the influence of the Liberal Party, whose vice-chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee sits in Exco,' the source said. The source added that the core members considered Mr Tsang as the best candidate to be the party's representative in the cabinet, adding that Mr Ma was 'highly unlikely' to join Exco. Mr Ma, who has been critical of Mr Tung, declined to comment on whether his party wanted Mr Tsang to stay in Exco. Mr Tsang could not be reached for comment yesterday.