HK chief says not to legislate under Basic Law Article 23 during his term

18:50, October 13, 2010      

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Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Donald Tsang said Wednesday that the city's government has decided not to legislate under Article 23 of the Basic Law during Tsang's term, which would end in mid- 2012.

"The majority view is that the current-term government should, in the remaining one year or so of its term, focus its efforts on promoting economic development, improving people's livelihood and maintaining the prosperity, stability and development of our society," he said.

Therefore, legislative work for implementing Article 23 of the Basic Law, also known as the National Security Bill, could be deferred, Tsang said in his annual policy address at the city's 60- member Legislative Council.

Tsang, however, reiterated that it was both a constitutional duty of the HKSAR government and the collective responsibility of the whole community to enact legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law.

"I believe that different sectors of the community will eventually arrive at a consensus and complete this task in due course," he added.

The Hong Kong government, under former Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa, withdrew the draft National Security Bill in September of 2003.

The Policy address is the annual address by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Usually, it is addressed in October, on the opening of the city's Legislative Council.

Source: Xinhua


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