Using the slogan “Win back Hong Kong”, New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip launched her bid to become the city’s next chief executive.
Speaking at an assembly at the Convention and Exhibition Center on Thursday, Ip said she wanted the city to be “put back on the right track”, following such developments as the rejection of the government’s political reform proposal and the Occupy protests which led to unprecedented division and hostility in society, public broadcaster RTHK reports.
The former security chief said the prospects for the middle class and the younger generation are much less optimistic nowadays because of globalization, the city’s economic slowdown and the widening wealth gap.
Ip said she has the experience and strength, along with Beijing’s trust, to save Hong Kong from further decline.
“I have worked with the central authorities for more than 20 years in highly sensitive and responsible positions. And I maintain good contacts with them,” she said.
Former chief secretary Sir David Akers-Jones spoke in support of Ip at the event, describing her as a serious person with experience that is second to none, according to RTHK.
Shortly before her announcement, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying accepted Ip’s resignation from the Executive Council.
“Mr. Leung expressed his gratitude to Mrs. Ip for her valuable advice and contribution on policy-making since she joined the [Executive Council] in October 2012,” a statement from the chief executive’s office said.
Aside from Ip, only retired judge Woo Kwok-hing has so far declared entry into the city’s leadership race.
Financial Secretary John Tsang, who has resigned from his post, and Chief Secretary Carrie Lam are widely expected to kick off their respective campaign soon.
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