Date
19 November 2017
New People's Party chief Regina Ip says it's too early to say if she will support Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying for re-election, but says she needs to prepare for the 2017 race. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters
New People's Party chief Regina Ip says it's too early to say if she will support Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying for re-election, but says she needs to prepare for the 2017 race. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters

Regina Ip says she needs to prepare for 2017 CE election

Legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, chairwoman of the New People’s Party, has dropped a big hint that she may run in the 2017 chief executive election.

Ip told Cable TV in an interview on Sunday that she needs “to make preparations and do some basic work first” when asked if she is considering running for the top post, Apple Daily reported.

She also said a woman can have many advantages over a man in the chief executive position, like not only being tough but also showing softness at the same time.

Asked if she will back Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for re-election, the former secretary for security said it is still to early to say, a reply similar to that given by former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa last month.

Ip, who had planned to run in the 2012 chief executive election but didn’t, said anyone who wants to be a candidate should not consider who are the competitors.

She believes CY Leung will seek re-election if the political reform plan is vetoed.

Aside from the fact that he is not too old for the post, it would be easier for Leung to win again if a small group of 1,200 people will still elect the next chief executive as in previous exercises, Ip said.

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