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» 07/06/2007
HONG KONG – CHINA
Hong Kong democracy fades to beyond 2012
Donald Tsang, chief executive, yesterday said that it was “very likely” that the deadline for universal suffrage would be not be met. Cardinal Zen expressed his disappointment while democrats labeled Tsang as an arrogant man who has sold his soul to Beijing.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, chief executive of the Territory, yesterday expressed “serious doubts” about the likelihood of introducing universal suffrage in Hong Kong before 2012, because “it is probable that the Legislative Council will not reach the consensus necessary” for the new electoral model.

Tsang made this statement during his first question-and-answer session this term with lawmakers of the Territory. The session was called in view of the publication of a green paper what will outline the government’s plan of progress towards universal suffrage. Publication is due next week.

During the debate, the chief executive called on democrats to “calm down” and asked an independent candidate to “smile more”. Democratic parties believe his statements “show the true nature of Tsang: an arrogant dictator, who once he has grabbed the consensus of Beijing, wants to show the master all his loyalty.”

The bishop of Hong Kong, Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, addressed the matter yesterday. During a press conference, the cardinal said he would be “very sorry” if the document failed to contain “concrete steps worthy of trust” towards universal suffrage.


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See also
06/15/2009 HONG KONG – CHINA
From Tiananmen to the July 1st march: youth participation on the rise
06/18/2010 HONG KONG – CHINA
Donald Tsang (and China) loses TV debate on democracy
by James Wang
12/13/2007 HONG KONG - CHINA
Donald Tsang in Beijing: universal suffrage for 2012; no, rather 2017
07/03/2006 HONG KONG
Chief executive's silence over universal suffrage comes in for criticism
06/16/2005 HONG KONG - CHINA
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