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CY shuts down civil servant resignation hype

Hong Kong | Mar 21, 2017 12:07
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying dismissed speculation that there will be a surge in senior administrative officers jumping ship if Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is elected his successor, saying both his cabinet and the civil service remain stable. 
There are rumors that at least three top civil servants will quit if Lam is elected Hong Kong's next leader. She is often described as a tough boss to work for.
On Monday, the Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service, Thomas Chow, denied reports that he would resign in the event of a Lam victory, two days after his wife, Elizabeth Tse who is Permanent Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, said she too would remain in her post.
Speaking to reporters before the weekly Executive Council meeting, Leung described the rumors as "groundless", "pure speculation" and "hype.''
Leung was also asked if he has an empty desk in his office, after the issue became the subject of debate during the final showdown of CE election candidates. He said the question was "meaningless" as it depends on how busy he is or whether he has just returned from a holiday or work trip.
During the debate, Lam mocked rival John Tsang for his "laid back” work style, saying he didn't have any papers or files on his desk.-RTHK


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