SAR gov­ern­ment suc­cess­ful un­der Le­ung’s lead­er­ship

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

Le­ung Chun-ying, the fourth-term Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion, an­nounced on Fri­day he will not seek re­elec­tion in next year’s CE elec­tion. He told the press on Fri­day af­ter­noon that he had in­formed the cen­tral gov­ern­ment of his de­ci­sion and was told Bei­jing un­der­stood. That means some­one else will take over the of­fice of the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive and carry on what Le­ung has started dur­ing his five-year term as CE, par­tic­u­larly lead­ing the fight against sep­a­ratism to pro­tect na­tional sovereignty, se­cu­rity and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity as well as the over­all in­ter­ests of Hong Kong so­ci­ety in ac­cor­dance with the Ba­sic Law and the “One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems” prin­ci­ple.

The fourth-term HK­SAR Gov­ern­ment led by Le­ung has so far with­stood the tough­est chal­lenges on all fronts, as Hong Kong weath­ered po­lit­i­cal bick­er­ing as well as so­cio-eco­nomic prob­lems over re­cent years. Look­ing back at the be­gin­ning of his term in of­fice in 2012 it is not sur­pris­ing many peo­ple were deeply wor­ried about Hong Kong in the face of a strug­gling world econ­omy dev­as­tated by the US-trig­gered in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial cri­sis of 2008 and re­peated po­lit­i­cal am­bushes by the op­po­si­tion camp. Thank­fully the SAR gov­ern­ment led by Le­ung has stuck to its guns and made re­spectable progress de­spite un­prece­dented ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal chal­lenges.

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