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Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 22:12

Andrew Leung elected new LegCo president

By Willa Wu/agencies

Andrew Leung elected new LegCo president
Andrew Leung, chairman of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong swears in as Legislative Council member on Oct 12, 2016. (Roy Liu/China Daily)

HONG KONG – Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen was elected president of the Legislative Council at the sixth LegCo's first meeting on Wednesday.

The 65-year-old chairman of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA), became the new president of the LegCo by winning 38 votes in a secret ballot. Under Article 71 of the Basic Law, the president of the LegCo is elected by and from among members.

"I hope that all members of LegCo, regardless of which group they come from, can have more communication and truly work for the happiness of 7 million Hong Kong people," Leung said.

Born in 1951, the four-time member of the LegCo obtained the Honors Degree at University of Leeds in England, and serves as a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and honorary chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries and the Textile Council of Hong Kong.

Under Article 72 of the Basic Law, the LegCo president shall preside over all Council meetings; decide on the agenda and the time of the meetings; call special sessions during the recess and emergency sessions on the request of the SAR chief executive; and exercise other powers and functions as prescribed in the Rules of Procedure of the Legislative Council.

Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen is also chairman of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong

Earlier on Wednesday, three localist lawmakers were blasted for pulling a public stunt during a solemn swearing-in as legislators by changing the wordings and twisting the pronunciation of China to insult the country.

The commissioner for oaths, Secretary General of the Secretariat of the Legislative Council Kenneth Chen Wei-on, pronounced the three newly elected localist lawmakers – Yau Wai-ching, Leung Chung-hang and Edward Yiu Chung-yim – unable to confirm the swearing-in after they purportedly strayed from the stipulated oath.

The first day’s meeting was subsequently interrupted for at least two hours when it was supposed to proceed to the next step of choosing the new president of the council.

Chen announced the three were unable to vote for LegCo president with their swearing-in unfinished.

Starry Lee Wai-king, chairman of the legislature's largest party, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said taking the oath is a solemn and serious procedure and should not be used as a stage to present one’s political stance. She said her party supported Chen’s decision not to acknowledge the three localists’ oaths.

Andrew Leung elected new LegCo president
Newly elected lawmakers take part in an oath-taking ceremony at the Legislative Council on Oct 12, 2016. (Parker Zheng/China Daily)

She also noted that her party would scrutinize the video of the proceedings and seek legal advice on whether the oath taken by the three abided by the Basic Law and LegCo’s Rules of Procedure.

Both Yau and Leung pronounced China as "Cheena", an insulting term, as both of them tried to fool around with the commissioner for oaths by speaking English at a relatively fast speed.

Legislator Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, also a practicing lawyer, said the localists’ behavior was unacceptable and she has already received complaints from the public about it.

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