Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has said some candidates who opposed him getting a second term were not elected, in his first analysis of the Legislative Council election results since they came in on Monday.
Before a regular meeting of the Executive Council on Tuesday, the overall result showed that voters did not want Leung to win a second term, an elected lawmaker said. The opposition camp gained three seats in the election.
“Some lawmakers who clearly opposed my re-election were not elected, so on this question, you can evaluate based on that,” Leung said in response.
He did not name the candidates. But Ricky Wong Wai-kay, whose campaign focused on stopping Leung from a second term, lost the election by a small margin.
Leung has yet to announce whether he will seek re-election.
The election gave rise to some lawmakers who were more progressive than traditional pan-democrats, including three localists and four who supported Hong Kong self-determination, with Hong Kong independence as one of the options. Self-determination is the idea that Hong Kong people should determine their own future.
“A certain portion of voters were not satisfied with the performance of the pan-democrats, but they did not vote for the pro-Beijing camp – therefore they voted for the opposition camp, the candidates that were not traditional pan-democrats – we can have different interpretations of this result,” he said.
“But a related observation was that the result of this election caused a distinct group of candidates, the more radical ones in the pan-democratic camp, to lose their bids,” he added. It was not clear who Leung was speaking of.
Leung said the question of lawmakers potentially advocating independence will be handled by the government’s lawyers.
Speaking on the new lawmakers, Leung said he views the relationship between the executive branch and the legislature as very important.
“The new LegCo will have 26 people who are new lawmakers, especially many motivated young people, as voters wanted to give young people a chance to achieve their ambition and ideals,” he said. “The government and I welcome these friends to join the Legislative Council, and we treasure our working relationship.”
He also said that he hoped to exchange views with lawmakers with different opinions. He added that he would try to arrange for all lawmakers to visit the mainland to communicate with central government officials in charge of Hong Kong so that they can get to know the country and its policies towards Hong Kong.
On social media, Leung said he was writing to each lawmaker to congratulate them and express the wish to communicate and cooperate.