Date
21 January 2020
Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam speaks to the media ahead of an Executive Council meeting on Tuesday. Photo: RTHK news video/screenshot
Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam speaks to the media ahead of an Executive Council meeting on Tuesday. Photo: RTHK news video/screenshot

Lam doesn’t rule out cabinet rejig, says law & order main focus

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday did not rule out a cabinet reshuffle but said restoring law and order is her top priority.

“My first priority now is really to restore law and order in Hong Kong and to ensure that Hong Kong could continue to move ahead, both economically and socially,” Lam told the media ahead of a weekly Executive Council meeting, Reuters reports.

A cabinet reshuffle is not an “immediate task”, Lam added, coming the closest since the unrest broke out in June to conceding that changes in her leadership team were on the cards.

Lam said she will depart on Saturday for a regular visit to Beijing, where she will brief mainland officials on the Hong Kong crisis.

The comments came two days after Hong Kong witnessed the largest anti-government rally in the city since the Nov. 24 district council elections, which gave a resounding mandate to the pro-democracy camp. 

With pressure mounting on her government, the Apple Daily on Tuesday reported that Beijing was considering a Hong Kong cabinet reshuffle by the end of the year to try to address the unrest.

Lam said she took comfort from the relatively peaceful protest on Sunday, although she condemned an arson attack on the city’s courts.

Activists plan another rally on Tuesday evening near the heart of Hong Kong’s financial center to mark International Human rights Day.

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