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Government shifts focus to economy and livelihood issues

The Hong Kong government will focus on economic and livelihood matters.

The electoral proposals for the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage in 2017 failed to obtain the necessary two-thirds majority of support from the 70 legislators, as required by the Basic Law, when they were put to a vote on June 18.

The proposals were submitted by the Hong Kong government after two rounds of public consultation, numerous meetings and briefings involving all sectors of the community.  

As a result of the vote, the method for selecting the fifth-term Chief Executive in 2017 will remain the same as that for selecting the fourth-term CE in 2012.

Following the failure of the electoral proposals, Chief Executive C.Y. Leung said the government will not put forward any further constitutional development proposals for the remainder of its term ending June 30, 2017. Any decision on whether to initiate the reform process again will rest with the Chief Executive selected in 2017.

Mr. Leung stated that the government would now focus its energy on handling economic and livelihood matters.

Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said he felt positive that discussion on the issue has laid a good foundation for future reform dialogue.


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