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Beijing’s dilemma over Leung’s CPPCC top post

By Chris Yeung

The ruling Chinese Communist Party is caught between a rock and a hard place in elevating the departing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to the top echelon of China’s national united front body.

Yesterday, the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) approved with one dissenting vote and four abstentions the appointment of Leung to the national body. 275 said yes.

It seems certain he will be named as one of the vice-chairman of the CPPCC at the end of an upcoming plenum in Beijing. If so, he will follow the footsteps of the first chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, who was made a vice-chairman after he stood down in 2005.

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Beijing faces dilemma over Leung’s CPPCC top post