Sunday, March 25, 2012

China congratulates new Hong Kong leader

BEIJING: China on Sunday congratulated Leung Chun-ying after he was selected by a pro-Beijing committee to be Hong Kong's new leader, and said the election followed the law.

"This election of chief executive was in accordance with the Basic Law and the election law of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong," the Xinhua news agency quoted a Chinese government official in Hong Kong as saying.

The Basic Law serves as the mini-constitution for Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese from British rule in 1997.

The official of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong, who was not named, congratulated the self-made millionaire property consultant and expressed confidence in his leadership.

"After Mr. Leung Chun-ying takes office as chief executive he will definitely lead the government of the Special Administrative Region to unite all circles of society," the official said.

The liaison office functions as China's main representation in Hong Kong.

The official also said he hoped Leung would develop Hong Kong's economy and improve the livelihood of Hong Kong people.

In his victory speech, Leung promised to "reunite" Hong Kong and protect its "rights and freedoms" following an election which split the city's establishment camp and forced Beijing to heed popular opinion as never before.

Leung, 57, will replace outgoing Chief Executive Donald Tsang in July after winning 689 of the votes from the 1,200-strong election committee, according to an official count.

- AFP/ck

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Source From Channel News Asia

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