Date
27 March 2017
Jasper Tsang says pan-democrats were not sincerely cooperating with the government during discussions over the failed election reform bill. Photo: HKEJ
Jasper Tsang says pan-democrats were not sincerely cooperating with the government during discussions over the failed election reform bill. Photo: HKEJ

Tsang laments lack of stable govt majority in Legco

Hong Kong’s top lawmaker is blaming an “unstable majority” in the Legislative Council for disappointing results such as the failure of the election reform bill.

Legco President Jasper Tsang said the political system does not allow the government to enjoy a stable majority in the chamber, according to public broadcaster RTHK.

Tsang made the remarks during a press conference Thursday marking the end of the legislative session.

He said the executive-legislative relationship has not been influenced by one person but by the whole political system.

It’s a pity this relationship “has not been constructively improved” this year, resulting in disappointing results, he said.

Tsang said pan-democrats were not sincerely cooperating with the government over the political reform proposal.

As a result, it was hard to engage in wholesome and constructive negotiations.

The chamber’s legislative output does not reflect the true relationship between the executive and the legislature, he said.

And he doubts Legco can made any real difference in improving the “weakened governance” because of the failure of the political reform bill.

He said Legco should focus on other major issues, such a copyright law, and work to fulfill public expectations.

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