HOME    NEWS    SPECIAL REPORT    PHOTO    DATING    HOTEL
NEWS > Taiwan/HK
Tsang resigns to run for top Hong Kong post
2005-05-26 00:34:57 Xinhua English


BEIJING, May 26 -- Hong Kong interim leader Donald Tsang said on Wednesday that he had resigned in order to run for the city's top political job in a July election.

Donald Tsang declares his resignation in HongKong May 25, 2005.[newsphoto]"I've decided to step forward and embrace this new challenge. I want to work with Hong Kong people to take our community and economy to greater heights," Tsang told reporters at a briefing after submitting his resignation to Beijing.

Tsang said he would unveil his election platform after the State Council(cabinet) had approved the resignation, but he did not say when that was expected.

Financial Secretary Henry Tang would be acting chief executive with Tsang now on leave, the government said.

So far, two other men, Lee Wing-tat, chairman of the Democratic Party, and Chim Pui-chung, a former broker and ex-convict who was jailed for conspiring to forge share documents, have said they will run for the top post.

Neither legislator stands much chance of garnering the required 100 nominations to run against Tsang on July 10. If no one else gets enough support, Tsang would be declared the next chief executive when the nomination period closes on June 16.

Apart from Beijing's support, Tsang finds favor with Hong Kong people and popularity polls have consistently placed him in the lead, with support ratings of between 60 to 70 percent.

"He is very competent, he knows how to take orders from his seniors... he should be a good chief executive, he knows how to compromise with different political forces. He is popular," said Timothy Wong, a political analyst at the Chinese University.

(Source: China Daily/Agencies)

MORE NEWS
Disney plans expansion of Hong Kong theme park  
Tsang resigns to run for top Hong Kong post  
HK celebrities support Donald Tsang's running for CE election  
Donald Tsang tenders resignation  
HK LegCo adopts Chief Executive Election(Amendment) Bill  
HKSAR govt issues statement on resignation of CS  
Taiwan denies positive SARS test on dead man  
Wife of dead American banker stands trial on murder charges  

SINA English is the English-language destination for news and information about China. Find general information on life, culture and travel in China through our news and special reportsúČor find business partners through our online Business Directory. For investment opportunities with SINA, please click the link "Investor" below.
| About SINA | Investor | Media Kit | Comments or Question? |
Copyright© 2004 SINA.com. All Rights Reserved