HONG KONG, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's new chief executive Leung Chun-ying Sunday said the new government will strive to safeguard the rule of law, clean government, freedom and democracy "which are amongst the core values of Hong Kong."
Leung made the pledge in his inaugural speech delivered at the swearing-in ceremony of the fourth-term government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
"I will honor the pledges I have made - to uphold justice, protect the rights of the people, safeguard the rule of law, clean government, freedom and democracy which are amongst the core values of Hong Kong, and take an inclusive approach towards different opinions and views," he said.
"I will do my utmost to safeguard human rights and make sure that press freedom and the independence of the media are respected, " he said.
The new team Government will continue to uphold the concept of "One Country, Two Systems" and the principle of "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" with a high degree of autonomy, he said.
The chief executive said he will promote the development of a democratic political system in accordance with the provisions of the Basic Law and the relevant decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislative body.
"I will further develop the political appointment and accountability system to enhance the efficiency of the Government. I will also build a service-oriented government, establish partnership with the people and encourage public engagement to draw energy from every corner of our community," he said.