Le­ung won’t seek 2nd term

HKMAO ex­presses deep re­gret, praises Chief Ex­ec­u­tive’s work

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By LUIS LIU in Hong Kong luis­liu@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Le­ung Chun-ying said on Fri­day that he will not seek re-elec­tion next year, due to fam­ily rea­sons.

Le­ung told re­porters that his de­ci­sion to not seek a sec­ond term was un­der­stood by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

Le­ung, who has served as the city’s leader since 2012, em­pha­sized that the cen­tral gov­ern­ment has been very sup­port­ive of his work over the years.

He said he must bal­ance his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to the Hong Kong com­mu­nity with those for his fam­ily, adding that he also must pre­vent his fam­ily from fac­ing the pres- sures that would come with cam­paign­ing if he ran for a sec­ond term in March.

Le­ung said he will fo­cus on his work as the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive in the next six months, in­clud­ing de­liv­er­ing his last pol­icy ad­dress.

He thanked those who have given him sup­port to run for a sec­ond term, adding that he will sup­port who­ever wins the elec­tion as the next Chief Ex­ec­u­tive.

In a state­ment that fol­lowed, the Hong Kong and Ma­cao Af­fairs Of­fice (HKMAO) of the State Coun­cil — Bei­jing’s top Hong Kong af­fairs author­ity — said it re­spects Le­ung’s de­ci­sion.

A spokesman said the of­fice ex­pressed deep re­gret and rec­og­nized Le­ung’s work as the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive and his firm im­ple­men­ta­tion of the “One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems” pol­icy and the Ba­sic Law.

The spokesman also praised Le­ung’s ef­forts in im­prov­ing Hong Kong’s econ­omy and peo­ple’s liveli­hoods, adding that the of­fice hoped Le­ung will con­tinue his good work dur­ing the rest of his term.

In another state­ment, the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment’s Li­ai­son Of­fice in the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion said it re­spects Le­ung’s de­ci­sion. It rec­og­nized his work, espe­cially dur­ing the 79-day il­le­gal “Oc­cupy Cen­tral” move­ment, as well as the SAR gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to pro­mote elec­toral re­form and com­bat “pro-in­de­pen­dence” ac­tiv­i­ties in Hong Kong.

Be­fore tak­ing the top job, Le­ung was sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the then Hong Kong Ba­sic Law Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee from 1988 to 1990 and a mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil from 1997 to 2011.

PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Le­ung Chun-ying meets the press at the Of­fice of the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive in Ta­mar on Fri­day af­ter­noon and an­nounces that he will not seek a sec­ond term in of­fice.

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