Two former senior government officials are likely to run for Hong Kong chief executive in 2017.
They are former security chief Regina Ip and former financial secretary Antony Leung, according to Rita Fan, former president of the Legislative Council.
Fan, who is also a member of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, echoed comments by Liberal Party leader James Tien, who made a similar prediction last week.
Potential candidates are not expected to reveal their inclination one way or the other this early, Fan told a media gathering Wednesday.
But she said Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and former justice secretary Wong Yan-lung can be ruled out on the basis of their public statements.
“Regina Ip has a strong interest in joining the election while Antony Leung said he will only run if there is universal suffrage,” Fan said.
Given that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is considering a second term, there would be three people from the pro-establishment camp with the ability and experience to run for chief executive, Fan said.
“That gives the voters enough choices.”
Fan urged democrats to back Beijing’s election reform proposal or risk missing the chance to support moderate pro-establishment candidates who share their political views.
She declined to say which of the three potential candidates she would support.
In an interview with Cable TV on Monday, Fan said Leung would not have an advantage if there is universal suffrage.
Ip and Leung quit the government in 2003 after 500,000 people turned out for a July 1 pro-democracy protest.
Ip had come under fire for pushing forward a national security law and Leung for conflict of interest over tax issues in a luxury car purchase.
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