(HK elections) Leung Kwok-hung re-elected

Local | 5 Sep 2016 4:57 pm

League of Social Democrats incumbent Leung Kwok-hung, better known as ‘Longhair’, was re-elected to his Legislative Council seat with just 1,051 votes to spare, edging out independent Christine Fong for the ninth and last position in the New Territories East geographical constituency.

Speaking to RTHK before the final results were announced, Leung was phlegmatic about his chances, saying "I think I am a very well-recognized person in Hong Kong, so they do recognize me. They do know what has been done and what has been said... so, c'est la vie," he said.

But it was fourth successive defeat for moderate Christine Fong, who said she will not run again for Legco.

The result caps off a successful campaign for the pro-democracy camp in New Territories East, with opposition candidates holding on to six seats in the constituency, to three for the pro-government side.

Localist Sixtus Leung from Youngspiration – who was a last minute replacement for disqualified candidate Edward Leung Tin-kei from Hong Kong Indigenous – won comfortably.

Sixtus Leung said his election victory shows that the people support Youngspiration's political platform that pushes for Hongkongers to have greater say about their own future. He also said it shows that people here do not trust the Basic Law or the One Country, Two Systems principle as much as they once did.

Incumbents Alvin Yeung from the Civic Party; Labour Party’s Fernando Cheung Chi-hung, along with Raymond Chan from People Power all retained their seats.

Newcomer Lam Cheuk-ting from the Democratic Party won the seat that was formerly held by his running mate and party leader Emily Lau Wai-hing.

On the pro-government side, incumbents Elizabeth Quat and Gary Chan of the DAB were the top vote-getters; while newcomer Eunice Yung from the New People’s Party also won a seat.

Incumbent Gary Fan of the Neo-democrats, however, failed in his bid to seek re-election.


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