Date
21 October 2017
Carrie Lam has called on the student leaders to help persuade protesters to disperse peacefully. Photo: RTHK
Carrie Lam has called on the student leaders to help persuade protesters to disperse peacefully. Photo: RTHK

HK govt agrees to discuss long-term political development

The government will set up a multi-party platform to discuss Hong Kong’s long-term constitutional development after 2017, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said Tuesday.

Also, it will submit a report to the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office about the democracy protests. 

Lam made the proposals during a two-hour meeting with student representatives.

However, she said it’s too early to tell whether the proposals will have any impact on the second round of consultation on electoral reform for the 2017 chief executive election. 

The government does not expect a consensus in a single round of talks, Lam told a media briefing after the meeting.

Meanwhile, she urged the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) to help persuade protesters to disperse peacefully.

The government report to Beijing will reflect Hong Kong people’s sentiment about the election framework handed down by the National People’s Congress, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam said.

Tam said the government will complete the report as early as possible. 

HKFS leader Alex Chow said his group is disappointed that the government did not give a concrete time table or road map for achieving real universal suffrage. 

Chow said the government did not explain how a report to the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office will help resolve the political problem in Hong Kong. 

He said the government should submit a report to the National People’s Congress standing committee to lobby for civil nomination for the 2017 election.

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