President Jintao Swears In Hong Kong’s New Chief Executive
Hong Kong’s new chief executive was sworn in yesterday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Leung Chun Ying took his oath in front of President Hu Jintao, vowing to defend the basic law of Hong Kong. After swearing in Chun Ying shook hands with President Jintao along with other heads of state.
He then proceeded to swear in the members of his own government with both the national flag and Hong Kong flag as the background. The swearing in of new government members marked the 15th year anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to the mainland.
During his speech, Leung promised to perform his best and to repay the trust given to him by the Central Government, he also promised to bring change to Hong Kong by focusing their energies on major and pressing issues while preserving stability in his plans to reduce the city’s widening inequalities.
President Jintao is expecting Leung to promote social harmony and stability, Hu said that since Hong Kong’s return they have fully recognized all of the city’s remarkable achievements. Hu also said that the next five years will be the most crucial and calls on Hong Kong to place people first to build a harmonious society.
Leung was chosen as chief executive by winning 689 votes in a 1,200 seat committee.