Hong Kong Activist Sworn in As Lawmaker – Dikky Sinn
An outspoken advocate of democracy elected to Hong Kong’s legislature this week was sworn in Wednesday, six years after she resigned as the Chinese territory’s No. 2 official in dismay over the slow pace of political reform.
Anson Chan, dubbed “Hong Kong’s conscience” for her championing of political and personal freedoms, beat her closest rival, former security chief Regina Ip, in an election Sunday for a seat in the assembly.
Chan, 67, had the backing of the opposition pan-democrat camp ” parties that want freewheeling Hong Kong to be able to elect all 60 lawmakers and its leader by 2012. Currently, only 30 lawmakers are directly elected by the public, and Hong Kong’s leader is chosen by an election committee stacked with Beijing loyalists. [Full Text]