HONG KONG, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong government on Wednesday officially kicked off public consultation for a constitutional reform which aims to realize the election of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region's (SAR) next chief executive by universal suffrage in 2017.
It was announced by Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration, who made a statement at a weekly meeting of the SAR's Legislative Council on the methods for selecting the fifth chief executive and forming the next legislature.
Lam, who also heads a special team for the public consultation, said the consultation period will last for five months.
She said the election by universal suffrage of the Chief Executive and the Legislative Council must be implemented under the framework of the Basic Law as well as decisions and interpretations of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, adding that the city's constitutional reform will be conducted by five steps.
According to the Basic Law and decisions of China's top legislature, the election of the fifth Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR in 2017 may be implemented by the method of universal suffrage.
Since China resumed sovereignty over Hong Kong on July 1, 1997, the Hong Kong SAR has implemented "one country, two systems" under the Basic Law with wide-ranging democratic rights to maintain the region's long-term stability and prosperity.
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Addressing at a luncheon hosted by the Chief Secretary for Administration, Carrie Lam, Li said the central government is determined about the universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive election, adding that the universal suffrage must be in line with the HKSAR Basic Law as well as the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC). Full story