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Wong Yuk-man

People Power sees another high-profile exit: chairman Christopher Lau

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 June, 2013, 10:03am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 June, 2013, 10:13am

Christopher Lau Gar-hung has resigned as People Power's chairman after two years in the post, dealing yet another blow to the radical pan-democratic party.

Lau’s decision, announced on Thursday morning, comes less than a month after maverick lawmaker Wong Yuk-man announced his high-profile resignation from the party, which Wong co-founded in 2011.

Wong’s May resignation was allegedly linked to internal disputes among members of the party, including Lau and the party's financial backer Stephen Shiu Yeuk-yuen.

Wong said he couldn’t support setting up a nominating committee for universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive elections, despite it being written in the Basic Law.

Lau, a retirement benefits consultant by trade, was more open to the idea, but insisted the proposal should also allow anyone who received 50,000 endorsements from 3.2 million voters citywide to become a candidate.

Wong openly expressed dissatisfaction with Lau’s view, calling it “only a compromise” and suggested the scrapping of the chairman’s post.

People Power also faced speculation of an imminent split in March, after long-time ally Shiu closed down online broadcasting platform Hong Kong Reporter, a pro-democracy radio station closely affiliated with the party.

Lau declined to comment on Thursday morning.