|Government determined to attain ultimate aim of universal suffrage according to Basic Law
In response to the rally today (July 1), a Government spokesman expressed understanding of the enthusiasm and the aspirations for universal suffrage of the people who took part in the rally.
The spokesman said, "Although the constitutional reform package, which represented a step forward towards universal suffrage, put forth by the Government last year was not passed by the Legislative Council, we remain fully committed and determined to promoting democratic development in accordance with the Basic Law, and attaining the ultimate aim of universal suffrage in the light of the actual situation in Hong Kong. This is the Basic Law's requirement. It also represents the common aspirations, which is shared by the Central Authorities, the Government and the public.
"The Government has been exploring actively possible models for implementing universal suffrage for selecting the Chief Executive and the Legislative Council, and plans to draw conclusions early next year. The Government will make public the report, reflect the conclusions to the Central Authorities, and then commence the next stage of work."
Ends/Saturday, July 1, 2006