Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the government could consider replacing corporate representatives with individual members on a nomination committee that will select the candidates for the 2017 chief executive election, public broadcaster RTHK reported Wednesday.
Leung’s comments are a further sign of potential compromise by the government after he told a joint interview with four foreign media outlets on Monday that there’s room for maneuver in the composition of the nominating panel to make it more democratic.
He made the remarks Tuesday, hours before talks between student leaders and government representatives on resolving an impasse as a pro-democracy protest entered its fourth week.
Under existing rules, candidates are chosen by 1,200 individual and corporate representatives from different sectors.
Leung again ruled out public nomination, a core demand of the protesters, saying it is not in accordance with the Basic Law or with an election framework issued by China’s legislature.
He blamed lack of consensus among the protesters is impeding the search for a solution to end the ongoing street occupation.
Hong Kong people are losing patience and it’s the government’s responsibility to prevent violence, he said.
The police will take action of necessary, he added, but stopped short of saying when the government will clear the streets.
Leung refused to answer questions regarding Beijing’s role in the government’s handling of the protesters, according to foreign media reports.
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