Date
24 May 2017
CY Leung (far right) and Henry Tang are shown during the 2012 chief executive election. China is considering a detailed framework for appointing chief executives. Photo: HKEJ
CY Leung (far right) and Henry Tang are shown during the 2012 chief executive election. China is considering a detailed framework for appointing chief executives. Photo: HKEJ

Beijing eyeing new rules on CE appointments, says source

China is considering detailed regulations on the appointment of chief executives amid increased political tensions in Hong Kong over a framework for the 2017 election.

Measures are being drafted to implement the policy which will also cover Macau, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday, citing an unnamed source close to Beijing.

Hong Kong chief executives are elected by a committee and confirmed by Beijing in a ceremonial appointment.

Civic Party legislator Dennis Kwok, who represents the legal constituency, said no such measures are necessary because the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini constitution, already empowers the central government to appoint the Hong Kong chief executive.

Kwok said the reported measures could be aimed at putting additional conditions similar to a new threshold in the selection process.

He plans to confer with Li Fei, head of Hong Kong Basic Law Committee and deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress standing committee, when he visits Beijing next week with a Hong Kong Bar Association delegation.

The measures are intended to spell out specifics in the confirmation process given no detailed framework exists, the report quoted the source as saying.

Beijing wants to set a legal basis for such appointments under the Basic Law, it said.

Basic Law Committee member Albert Chen said he supports the idea, adding detailed rules are necessary, especially in cases where an elected chief executive is not acceptable to Beijing.

However, he said he is not aware such a move is under way.

On Wednesday, the government unveiled an election reform proposal broadly in line with a Beijing-backed formula in which the central government has control over who gets elected.

The announcement prompted a walkout by pan-democrats. 

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