April 06, 2005
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Donald Tsang has declared we must go to Beijing for a Basic Law interpretation to prevent certian chaos. Today the Executive Council will endorse the decision to ask the National People's Congress to interpret the Basic Law over the next Chief Executive's (CE) term of office. Hopefully they'll at least ask to clarify how many terms the next CE can run for as well...may as well get it all over with in one hit. This will be the third time since 1997 the NPC has interpreted the Basic Law, which makes me wonder what the drafters of the Basic Law think about their work being "corrected" so often.
Here is the Basic Law and its Article 46:
The term of office of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be five years. He or she may serve for not more than two consecutive terms.Now you can pretend to be the NPC. Have your say!
ESWN translates a great post by a Hong Kong blogger on the problems facing the pan-democratic camp (orginal post from Shiu Shiu) in offering a candidate for CE. Go read it.
Update: via Fumier comes the Nude King's comparison of the non-democratic elections in both the Vatican and Hong Kong [At least I think it does - my work blocks access to the Nude King!].
Second update below...
Finally from the SCMP op-ed page I'm going to reproduce Margaret Ng, the LegCo representative for the legal profession. Read it all.
The term of office of the new chief executive is a legal question, not a political one. Politically, there may well be much to say for giving Tung Chee-hwa's heir apparent, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, a two-year rather than five-year term. But this is not an available option, since the Basic Law is clear and straightforward. Whether a vacancy in the chief executive's office arises as a result of the expiry of his term, his death, resignation or removal mid-term, the new leader is to be selected and appointed by the same procedure, and for the same term of five years.What she said.
Update 2: Hemlock discusses the Basic Law interpretation with Winky Ip:
The real question is – what’s the point of having a constitution if its meaning is hidden and may bear no relationship to its wording? What sort of guarantees can such a ground-breaking masterpiece provide? Winky, the master manipulator of the public mood, deftly diverts my attention to other matters. “I ordered dim sum and they’ve given me congee,” she says, looking at the tray that has just appeared before her. “And you asked for noodles, and they’ve given you toast.”Follow that link "ground-breaking masterpiece". It's hilarious. posted by Simon on 04.06.05 at 12:53 PM in the Hong Kong democracy/politics category.
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Response To The Numbers Game
Excerpt: Simon's post on The Numbers Game for the CE election leads us through the Hong Kong blogosphere. The translation by ESWN of a post by a Chinese language blogger, Shiu Shiu is deemed significant. I'm not sure why as it contains obvious eye-rollers. First,
Weblog: Daai Tou Laam Diary
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