Legislative Council of Hong Kong

President of Hong Kong legislature easily survives vote of no confidence

Lawmakers split along party lines as pan-democrats accuse Andrew Leung of unfairly helping government pass controversial bills

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 July, 2018, 7:32am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 July, 2018, 7:32am

Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen easily survived a vote of no confidence on Thursday as lawmakers split along party lines.

Leung was accused by the pro-democracy bloc of unfairly helping the government to pass controversial legislation.

The motion was moved by pan-democrat Joseph Lee Kok-long and backed by all 25 pro-democracy lawmakers. It was voted down by the 35 pro-establishment politicians in attendence.

Pro-democracy legislators had been angered by Leung’s handling of the contentious debate on the co-location bill, which dealt with the joint checkpoint at the West Kowloon terminus of the high-speed rail line linking the city with the mainland.

In a series of controversial moves Leung reduced the time allowed for debate, and threw out a host of amendments proposed by pro-democracy lawmakers.

He was also accused of lacking in impartiality, which Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu said had put the integrity of the legislature at stake.

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But Martin Liao Cheung-kong, the convenor of the pro-establishment camp, dismissed the motion as politically motivated.

DAB lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king, the chairwoman of the Legco’s House Commitee, held the meeting as Leung was excused to avoid conflict of interest. Seven other lawmakers did not attend.