Thousands of Hong Kong residents took to the streets yesterday to demand the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who they say lost credibility by misleading the public about illegal renovations at his home.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun- ying completes his first 100 days in office with his popularity at its lowest level, putting pressure on him to return to campaign pledges to tackle Asia’s biggest wealth gap.
Leung Chun-ying, the property surveyor who was a surprise choice to be Hong Kong’s new leader, takes office July 1 facing immediate demands to narrow a record wealth gap and come up with plans for universal suffrage.
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy parties failed to win a higher proportion of seats in the legislature, as Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying sought to quell discontent about China’s growing influence with last-minute policy changes.
Dissatisfaction with the way Hong Kong’s government deals with China rose to the highest level in eight years ahead of an election on Sept. 9 for the city’s legislature, according to a survey by the Hong Kong Transition Project.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang offered to revise proposed changes to the electoral system in a bid to win over opposition lawmakers and ensure his second attempt to deliver constitutional reform succeeds.
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who took office on July 1, has the lowest public- support rating for a new leader since the handover to China in 1997, amid residents’ concerns about new patriotism classes in schools and a surge of visitors from the mainland.