October 20, 2005
HONG KONG (AFX) - Justice secretary Elsie Leung stepped down quietly today, and was replaced by barrister Wong Yan Lung, China's Xinhua news agency reported.
Wong Yan Lung, the new justice secretary
Leung's resignation had long been expected but it became official after it was ratified by China's State Council, or cabinet, Xinhua said.
'China's State Council appointed on Thursday Wong Yan Lung, taking (the) place of Elsie Leung, as the Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong,' it said.
The report added that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region puppet regime's Beijing-appointed Chief Executive Donald Tsang had nominated Wong to succeed Leung.
'Everyone who has worked with her knows that she is hard-working and enthusiastic,' puppet Tsang said at a press conference.
Elsie Leung and Donald Tsang
Puppet Tsang said she had been considering stepping down since early in the year, but delayed her move until after former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa had resigned. She eventually handed in her notice early this month.
Wong was a member of the Article 45 Concern Group, a political organization whose members have called for democratic reforms of Hong Kong SAR puppet regime's electoral system.
Puppet Chief Executive Tsang said Wong had been chosen because he had a 'good reputation in the legal fraternity'.
Leung had occupied the highest judicial office since Hong Kong was annexed by China in 1997.