Date
23 September 2017
Leung Chun-ying is refusing to comment on claims by pan-democrats that he is using cheap tactics to divide the camp. Photo: HKEJ
Leung Chun-ying is refusing to comment on claims by pan-democrats that he is using cheap tactics to divide the camp. Photo: HKEJ

Leung under fire over pan-democrat lobbying

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is under fire from pan-democrats after saying he has been targeting some of them to support a Beijing-backed election reform proposal.

The group accused Leung of using cheap tactics to divide the camp, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Leung is trying to pit its radical and mainstream wings against each other, some pan-democrats were quoted as saying.

He did not respond to the allegations and refused to comment on the prospects for the proposal when it comes up before the Legislative Council.

The proposal, handed down in August by the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, relates to the 2017 chief executive election.

It calls for all candidates to be screened by a nominating committee, likely packed with Beijing loyalists, to qualify for election by universal suffrage.

Pro-democracy supporters oppose any such interference by Beijing, calling the process a sham and sparking widespread opposition that led to the student-driven street protests.

Leung is being accused of working secretly for the defeat of the proposal, which would mean the 2017 election would revert to the same process under which he was elected in 2012 by a 1,200-member election committee.

That would improve his chances of reelection, the report quoted some sources as saying.

In August, 26 pan-democrats signed a pledge to vote against the plan.

Lawmakers Charles Mok and Kenneth Leung, rumored to be Leung’s lobbying targets, said they will not support the proposal.

Mok denied being contacted by any government official and said any suggestion to the contrary might have been meant to split the democratic camp.

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