Regina Ip, leader of the pro-Beijing New People’s Party, is interested in running for chief executive and preparing for her prospective candidacy.
This is the first time Ip has openly expressed her intentions after being vague about them, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Ip’s remarks on a radio talk show came just hours before retired judge Woo Kwok-hing announced his candidacy, saying he wants to heal divisions in Hong Kong society.
“I have devoted myself to serving the people of Hong Kong. That should be very clear to the public,“ Ip said.
She said candidates for chief executive need time to make adjustments, so the best time to formally announce her decision is after members of an election committee are elected in December.
The chief executive election is scheduled for March 26 next year. The winner will be chosen by a 1,200-member panel.
Asked why she wants to lead Hong Kong, Ip said it is “obvious that people are now eager to see change”.
One way to meet that demand is to have a new chief executive, she said, adding the public would be disappointed if Leung Chun-ying was reelected.
She said Leung is “definitely” going to seek a second term.
Ip said Woo, 70, is a highly respected person with integrity and his strength lies in his experience in law.
The problem is that he has no experience dealing with either the administration or the economy, she said.
Meanwhile, Ip dismissed reports that Financial Secretary John Tsang had written Beijing to offer his resignation in order to focus on his own purported candidacy.
She said the letter would have been “very inappropriate” and such issues are best dealt with in person.
Ip said Tsang has done nothing worth mentioning since he assumed his post in 2007.
One could say that he has been “loose at his job”, she said.
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