Date
22 July 2017
Ronny Tong and some moderate democrats set up a think-tank called 'Path of Democracy' earlier this month, following differences with party colleagues on some issues. Photo: HKEJ
Ronny Tong and some moderate democrats set up a think-tank called 'Path of Democracy' earlier this month, following differences with party colleagues on some issues. Photo: HKEJ

Ronny Tong expected to quit Civic Party

Legislator Ronny Tong could announce that he is parting ways with the Civic Party, Apple Daily reported, citing sources from within the party.

The announcement of the break-up with the party he co-founded is expected to come at a press conference Monday, it said. 

Some sources were quoted as saying that Tong might even quit his job as a lawmaker.

Party members are not surprised by his likely departure, given Tong’s recent differences with his colleagues over the government’s electoral reform package.

On Sunday, Tong did not reveal any details of his proposed announcement, merely informing the media that he will talk about some personal issues at the press event.

Fellow party member and legislator Claudia Mo said it would be a pity if Tong decides to leave the party. Mo recalled that she was attracted by Tong’s charisma when she joined the party.

Mo reckoned that it is only normal that a person who has different ideas seeks to chart his own path.

Fellow party member Kwok Ka-ki said he would respect Tong’s decision.

Tong has voted against the government’s political reform proposal, in line with the pan-democrats’ stance, but he had been calling for more dialogue with central government officials.

It is believed that Tong was not happy with the seemingly more drastic approach taken by the Civic Party in recent years.

He did not support the Civic Party’s participation in Occupy protests, and had publicly disagreed with fellow party member Alan Leong on several occasions over the political reform issue.

Earlier this month, Tong set up a political group called “Path of Democracy” with moderate pan-democrats and some members from the pro-establishment camp, a move that was seen heralding his exit from the Civic Party.

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