The different roles of Hong Kong’s executive, legislative and judicial branches of government are set out in the city’s mini-constitution. Photo: K.Y. ChengThe different roles of Hong Kong’s executive, legislative and judicial branches of government are set out in the city’s mini-constitution. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
The different roles of Hong Kong’s executive, legislative and judicial branches of government are set out in the city’s mini-constitution. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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Why escalating row over whether Hong Kong has ‘separation of powers’ in its political system is not just a fight over words

  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s comments on the issue have rekindled a decades-long debate on the form of government in the city
  • But what is the concept, has it ever existed in Hong Kong and why is it a sensitive topic?

Topic |   Hong Kong Basic Law
The different roles of Hong Kong’s executive, legislative and judicial branches of government are set out in the city’s mini-constitution. Photo: K.Y. ChengThe different roles of Hong Kong’s executive, legislative and judicial branches of government are set out in the city’s mini-constitution. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
The different roles of Hong Kong’s executive, legislative and judicial branches of government are set out in the city’s mini-constitution. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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