Leung Chun-ying says state leaders promised support for national role

Local | 13 Mar 2017 6:59 pm

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying suggested that his roles as the leader of Hong Kong and the vice-chairman of Beijing’s political advisory body should not be seen as "mutually exclusive.''

He said his duties as chief executive and at a national level should not conflict because he is both a Hongkonger and Chinese.

Leung was elected a vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) by more than 98 percent of the 2,101 members. 

Speaking at a brief meet-the-media session in Beijing, he admitted he is likely to have to skip some of his CPPCC duties before stepping down as Hong Kong's chief, where schedules clash. 

The outgoing leader said he is honored by his new appointment, and hopes to help young people from Hong Kong – as well as society as a whole – seek opportunities on the mainland.

When asked what he and President Xi Jinping talked about after the CPPCC’s closing ceremony, Leung said: "What President Xi said to me were basically words of encouragement."

He also said the president did not criticize him in any way.

Local delegates, including former ICAC commissioner Timothy Tong, welcomed Leung’s appointment.

Tong also said he did not think Leung's appointment as vice-chairman will affect Hong Kong corruption watchdog investigation into a HK$50 million payment that the CE received from Australian engineering firm UGL, which he did not declare.

He said he believes ICAC is independent and capable enough to handle the investigation.-RTHK

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