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Friday, July 1, 2016, 01:01

Christopher Chung to stay in DAB

By chinadailyasia.com
Christopher Chung to stay in DAB
Christopher Chung Shu-kun, lawmaker from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. (Provided to China Daily)

HONG KONG - Legislator from the city's biggest political party - the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) - Christopher Chung Shu-kun announced on Thursday that he will stay in the party despite being ruled out of the party's primary Legislative Council election squad.

This ends speculation that he will run in the campaign as an independent candidate.

He explained that he don’t want to “confuse” his supporters who he said back him personally as well as the party.

“To be a party member, I must work wholeheartedly for this election. I work for the party; I serve the citizens,” Chung said.

However, he still questioned the DAB's election tactics which will cost him his seat in the legislature.

Chung was hailed as the "unchallenged champion" in the Hong Kong Island East. In the last LegCo election in 2012, Chung won 33,901 votes, ranking second among pro-establishment lawmakers, only behind LegCo President Jasper Tsang Yok-Sing.

Previous analyses suggested the DAB was trying to appeal to younger voters in the election in September - so they had to reduce the ratio of older politicians.

Chung lost his seat in the district council election last November.

On June 1, the DAB decided that Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan, a 42-year-old lawyer, would lead the party's first ticket on Hong Kong Island. Chung was placed second.

As the number of seats in the constituency had fallen from seven to six, the DAB decided to limit the number of candidates to avoid splitting votes which may allow rivals to get elected.

In this year's election, nine veteran lawmakers had vowed to step down from their posts to make way for younger politicians.

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