Date
15 October 2018
John Tsang's resignation has been accepted by Beijing more than a month after he put in his papers. Photo: Bloomberg
John Tsang's resignation has been accepted by Beijing more than a month after he put in his papers. Photo: Bloomberg

Beijing approves Carrie Lam, John Tsang resignations

Beijing has approved the resignations of Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and Financial Secretary John Tsang, clearing the way for the two officials to run in Hong Kong’s upcoming chief executive election.

Citing an official statement, public broadcaster RTHK reports that the resignations of the two senior Hong Kong civil servants were approved on Monday. 

Tsang submitted his resignation more than a month ago, while Lam announced last Thursday that she has put in her papers in order to join the CE election.

According to China’s Xinhua news agency, the State Council has accepted Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s recommendations and named Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung as Hong Kong’s new chief secretary in place of Lam.

Meanwhile, Development Secretary Paul Chan has been appointed as the new financial secretary.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive’s Office announced that undersecretaries Stephen Sui and Eric Ma will act as Labour and Welfare and Development Secretaries, respectively.

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