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CE speaks to the media after the public rally (1)

Following is the transcript of a media session (English portion) by the Chief Executive, Mr Donald Tsang, at the Government House today (December 4):

Today I saw tens of thousands of people taking part in a rally for democracy and asking for a road map and a timetable for introducing universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Let me say this to them: I have heard their voice, I have felt their feelings and I share their pursuit; and the Central Government perfectly understands their aspirations.

For me, the participants in this rally do not merely stand for turnout figure. Each one of them represents a passion, an ideal which underline a shared affection for Hong Kong. Like most other people in Hong Kong, they dearly love this place. They do not want to see the advancement of democracy stop in its track. And they also want a political system that matches the achievement of this outstanding city.  

We are working hard to achieve this. Both the Central Government and this Administration are actively leading this community towards universal suffrage in an orderly fashion.

I am 60 years of age. I certainly want to see universal suffrage taking place in Hong Kong in my time. My feeling and my wish is the same as most other people participating in the rally today.

(to be continued)

Ends/Sunday, December 4, 2005
Issued at HKT 22:33


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