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Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 18:27

Former judge Woo Kwok-hing to run for CE post

By chinadailyasia.com

Former judge Woo Kwok-hing to run for CE post
Then c hairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission Chief Justice Woo Kwok-h ing speaks to the media at the central counting station in Hong Kong, Sept 13, 2004. ( AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE)

Retired Hong Kong judge Woo Kwok-hing has decided to run for the city's Chief Executive post in the coming election in 2017. He is set to announce his decision on Thursday, according to his election campaign office.

He is the first person to declare candidacy for the post which will be elected next March.

He is the first person to declare candidacy for the post which will be elected next March

The 70-year-old former Court of Appeal (CA) judge has long been recognized for his strong will to heal social conflicts.

Woo was appointed Queen's counsel in 1987. He became a High Court judge in 1992 and was appointed to the CA in 2000. In 2004, he became the CA's vice-president before retiring from the judiciary in 2011.

He performed public service as the chairman of the Electoral Affairs Commission and commissioner on interception of communications and surveillance.

Woo had also presided over a number of official investigations, including the 1996 Garley Building fire, the scandal of the Education Bureau's intervention in the then Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the controversy over the building of Chek Lap Kok airport in 1998.

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Woo received support from political heavyweights. New People's Party Chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee welcomed his decision to run for the post and hailed him as a well-respected figure in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Bar Association Chairwoman Winnie Tam Wan-chi said Woo's decision was "courageous" amid this conflictual society.

Legislator and Barrister Priscilla Leung Mei-fun said Woo is very capable of dealing with legal matters. However, she added, a Chief Executive should have a deep understanding of social development both in Hong Kong and on the mainland, the ability to work with the central government as well as deal with economic development issues.

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