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Monday, January 16, 2017, 17:44

State Council accepts resignations of Carrie Lam and John Tsang

By chinadailyasia.com

State Council accepts resignations of Carrie Lam and John Tsang
Carrie Lam the Chief Secretary of Hong Kong meets media during a press conference at Central Government Office on Jan 12, 2017. Beijing approved the resignation of Carrie Lam on Jan 16, 2017, paving the way for her to run in the chief executive race. (Parker Zheng / China Daily)

HONG KONG - The Central government approved the resignations of the Hong Kong SAR's Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah on Monday, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The move cleared the way for the two to run in the race for the city's next Chief Executive. The election will be held in March

The move cleared the way for the two to run in the race for the city's next Chief Executive. The election will be held in March.

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Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung was appointed as the city’s new chief secretary, and Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po will take the office of financial secretary, according to Xinhua.

Under Secretary for Labour and Welfare Stephen Sui Wai-keung will be acting secretary for labour and welfare while Under Secretary for Development Eric Ma Siu-cheung will be acting secretary for development, according to the Hong Kong government.

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By the time of the approval, John Tsang had waited 35 days after announcing his resignation while Lam waited four days, as she made the announcement last Thursday.

Neither of them has released their election platforms.However, Lam had already presented her " Vision for Hong Kong " last November, in which creating quality job opportunities, a budget increase for social welfare and safeguarding the principle of “One Country, Two Systems” were set as priorities.

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