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Monday, March 27, 2017, 14:25

Leung pledges smooth transition to Lam

Leung pledges smooth transition to Lam
The Chief Executive C Y Leung (left) and the Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam meet the media at the Office of the Chief Executive on March 27, 2017. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's Chief Executive, CY Leung told reporters that he had a very good meeting with Chief Executive-elect, Carrie Lam, at the Chief Executive’s Office on Monday morning.

Leung said the CE Election on March 26 had been conducted in accordance with the Basic Law, the relevant decisions of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee and the election laws of Hong Kong. He said it demonstrated once again the successful implementation of the principle of “One country, Two systems”.

He said ensuring a smooth transition of government was the most important task for his team and that his meeting with Lam focused on the transition programme.

Leung also said, effective immediately an Office of the CE-elect had been set up to facilitate transition over the next three months.

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"Over the next few months, my team and I will give the CE-elect the best possible support, and my colleagues will work closely with the CE-elect’s Office to bring about the smoothest transition possible," Leung said in a statement.

After meeting the city’s head of legislature the day after her historic win, Lam said she would work to meet different political groups to improve administrative-legislative relations.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Legislative Council (LegCo) president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen urged lawmakers to respond positively to Lam’s overture and give the new leader and her new team more time and patience.

"Now is a good opportunity to improve the administrative-legislative relationship,” said Leung.

Leung said the fact that the CE-elect visited the LegCo one day after she was elected showed that Lam valued the relationship between the administrative and legislative sides.

Lam is expected to continue to expand on her election manifesto during meetings with both pro-establishment and opposition camps in the coming days.

Lam has identified three main tasks in the coming three months and trust building is a top priority.

Her other focus will be on seeking opinions from the city’s education stakeholders and lawmakers from across the political spectrum on how to allocate the additional annual recurrent expenditure of HK$5 billion on education.

As to her proposal to restructure the government, Lam said the matter would not be dealt with until after she had assumed office so as to avoid controversies.

Lam, the city’s first female CE-elect, won after clinching 777 votes from the 1,194-strong Election Committee on Sunday. In her winning speech, Lam said her administration would prioritise healing rift and uniting HK society.

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