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Opening remarks by CE at media session on appointment and removal of Secretary for Justice (with photo/video)
     The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam; the Secretary for Justice, Mr Rimsky Yuen, SC; and the Secretary for Justice (designate), Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, met the media this morning (January 5). Following are the opening remarks by Mrs Lam:

     The Central People's Government, on my recommendation and nomination, approved the appointment of Ms Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, SC, as the Secretary for Justice, and the removal of Mr Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, SC, from the post of Secretary for Justice with effect from January 6, 2018. I wish to take this opportunity to thank Mr Yuen for his sterling contributions to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in his five-and-a-half years as Secretary for Justice. He has been a pillar of strength in upholding the rule of law in Hong Kong. His commitment to the Country and to Hong Kong is in full display and he is passionate about his work. He commands the full respect and admiration of all the Politically Appointed Officials as well as civil servants within and outside the Department of Justice. To me, Rimsky is a great working partner, but I respect his decision to leave the service for personal reasons. I wish him all the best in his future endeavours. I am sure he will continue to serve the public in other capacities.

     I am very grateful to Ms Teresa Cheng for accepting my invitation and nomination to succeed as Secretary for Justice. Ms Cheng is a seasoned Senior Counsel with rich experience in international arbitration and mediation. She is a high achiever in the legal profession. Although she was in private practice over the years, she has been very active in public service. Through her chairmanship and membership of a range of important committees of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, she is well versed in government. I have every confidence that she will make a very competent Secretary for Justice.
Ends/Friday, January 5, 2018
Issued at HKT 12:30
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