Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit told the media Wednesday he will not be running in the next Legislative Council election, due next year, public broadcaster RTHK reported.
Leong said he has not told the party of his decision to quit but that he was confident it would be approved.
Having served as a lawmaker for the past 11 years, he regretted that little progress has been made.
In the meantime, he was seen as an enemy and even dubbed as a “betrayer”.
Leong said he would like to be himself again after stepping down at the end of his term.
He said vacating his seat in Legco could present an opportunity for a young Hongkonger who has been aspiring to become a politician.
However, he did not rule out running for election in a future election if he felt he could make a contribution then.
Leong recently handed over the role of convener of the “lunch box meeting group” of pan-democratic lawmakers to Cyd Ho Sau-lan of the Labour Party.
Ho said Leong had done a great job in the past year.
She reckoned that the most important task at hand is to consolidate cooperation among the pan-democrats.
Ho said she was confident that the pan-democrats can secure key seats in the coming three elections.
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