Date
17 October 2017
Ambrose Lam had come under fire over his support for Beijing's white paper, which -- among other things -- was seen posing a threat to Hong Kong's judicial independence.
Ambrose Lam had come under fire over his support for Beijing's white paper, which -- among other things -- was seen posing a threat to Hong Kong's judicial independence.

Law Society president Lam resigns after no-confidence vote

Ambrose Lam has declared that he is stepping down as the president of the Law Society of Hong Kong, five days after the society’s members passed a no-confidence vote against him for controversial remarks supporting Beijing’s white paper on Hong Kong.

Lam announced his decision shortly before the Law Society’s Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday to decide on his fate. The resignation is with immediate effect, the official said.

“This may be the last time I see you as president of the Law Society,” Lam said. “In order to maintain the unity of the Law Society, I’d like to keep a low profile.”

He tendered the resignation in order to maintain the solidarity of the Law Society, but will “reserve his right to speak about the matter in future”, he said.

“Even though I will not be seeing you as president in future, if there’s any chance for me to express views on any matters of public concern, I will pertinently express my view,” Lam added.

Lam came under fire after he voiced support for Beijing’s recent white paper, which — among other things — stipulated that judges in Hong Kong should be “patriotic” towards the motherland.

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