Lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king has resigned from her Executive Council member position. Her resignation has been accepted by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Starry Lee Wai-king. File

Lee told reporters that she had resigned in order to focus on her work at the legislature and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) party.

She added that she already had plans to resign after becoming the party’s chairwoman in 2015.

Lee announces her resignation.

Leadership bid?

“Don’t think too much,” Lee said when asked by reporters whether she resigned to run in the chief executive elections next year.

On Wednesday, Lee said that the DAB has suitable candidates to run for chief executive but did not name anyone. She did not say whether she would support Leung if he were to run again.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying expressed his gratitude to Lee for “her contribution and valuable advice on policy-making since she joined ExCo in July 2012.”

Lee is commonly considered as the “apprentice” of LegCo president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing.

Replacement announced

Leung appointed DAB lawmaker Ip Kwok-him as Lee’s replacement, with immediate effect.

“Mr Ip has rich experience in the Legislative Council, public service as well as in district work.  I am confident that he will provide wise counsel in policy-making after joining ExCo,” Leung said.

Hermina Wong

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