Taiwan lawmakers hope Hong Kongers can choose government leader
Mar 26, 2017MarketComments Off on Taiwan lawmakers hope Hong Kongers can choose government leader
Taipei--Politicians across party lines in Taiwan said Sunday they hope the people of Hong Kong will have a right to choose their top government leader, as people here do.
Commenting on the selection of Carrie Lam as the Chinese special administrative area's chief executive by an election committee, Lin Wei-chou (???), a legislative caucus whip of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), said Lam has been chosen by an indirect vote, rather than by a popular vote.
"We expect Hong Kong will have a universal suffrage in the future, which will lessen controversies," said Lin, noting that Lam's election has the problem of "a lack of public representation."
Lee Chun-yi (???), a leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's legislative caucus, said Lam is "Beijing's designated choice" for Hong Kong and does not represent Hong Kong's democracy.
While his party hopes Lam's election will not affect Hong Kong's relations with Taiwan, Lee also expressed hope that democracy will be implemented in Hong Kong so that its people can elect their representatives and top leader in a direct popular vote.
Hsu Yung-ming (???), legislative caucus of minor opposition New Power Party, said Lam, who enjoyed low support in polls, got elected mainly because Beijing was backing her up. "It's difficult for us to be upbeat about Hong Kong's future," Hsu added.