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Hong Kong Leader Survives Vote Of No Confidence
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1242454/1/.html
Source Date: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Focus: Public Institutions
Country: China
Created: Dec 12, 2012

HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying survived a vote of no confidence on Wednesday over illegal structures at his home, buoyed by support from pro-establishment lawmakers.

The chief executive, who saw his popularity rating drop to 49.2 percent after six months in office, has been dogged by questions about his illegal structures from lawmakers and reporters since they were discovered in June.

Twenty-seven lawmakers supported the motion while 34 lawmakers did not. Five of the lawmakers present at the hearing abstained from voting.

Most pro-establishment lawmakers, which make up 61 percent of the southern Chinese city's 70-member-strong mini-parliament, did not support the motion of no confidence initiated by pro-democracy lawmaker Wu Chi-wai.

"Leung did not want to own up to what he's done, I think he should show his political responsibility and resign," Wu said.

"He does not have integrity, he lied, he cannot win the support of the public and he cannot effectively govern," he said.

"If he steps down, Hong Kong will not be in good shape, and we should be not be dragged down with him," pro-establishment lawmaker James Tien said, urging pro-democracy lawmakers to give Leung another chance.

"I admit that I have shown negligence in handling this situation," Leung told reporters this morning, adding he will be more cautious in dealing with future matters.

Leung released a statement last month acknowledging he built two illegal structures, including a wooden trellis and a glass enclosure, at his residential complex. The two structures were among six others exposed by the media.

Leung was chosen to lead the southern Chinese city by a pro-Beijing committee in March, promising to improve governance and uphold the rule of law in the former British colony of seven million people.

His main rival in the election race, Henry Tang, was engulfed in scandal during the campaign when he admitted to having built an elaborate entertainment den below his luxury home without construction permits.

-AFP/ac
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