Pan-democrat lawmaker Ronny Tong announced on Monday that he was resigning as a legislator, effective Oct. 1, after he quit the Civic Party over differences in principles.
Tong, who shed tears as he announced his decision, said he could no longer stay in the party which he co-founded in 2006 because it has veered away from its original goal of representing the middle-of-the-road people while maintaining a positive relationship with Beijing.
He said he was quitting as a lawmaker because he was elected to the Legislative Council in 2012 with the support of the party.
He also said he thought he has become ineffective in Legco and has been disappointed with the culture in the legislative body.
He said he hopes Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, chairman of the Civic Party’s branch in the New Territories East, will win the by-election in March 2016.
Tong said he will devote more time to his newly-established think tank called Path of Democracy, which aims to provide guidance to young and moderate politicians who can offer an alternative choice for voters.
He said he hopes the pan-democratic camp will not lose seats in the 2016 Legco election as a result of his departure.
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