HK lawmakers try to impeach Beijing-backed leader Leung Chun-ying
HONG KONG (AP) - Lawmakers were making a symbolic attempt on Wednesday to impeach Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader, the latest sign of the widening gulf between the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city and its political masters in Beijing.
Pro-democracy members of Hong Kong's legislature were planning to introduce a motion to charge the city's leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, with serious breaches of law that could lead to his impeachment. They allege Mr Leung misled them about illegal renovations to his mansion.
It is the first such attempt to impeach a Hong Kong leader since the former British colony came back under China's control in 1997. Mr Leung survived a no-confidence vote in December.
The motion was unlikely to pass because the 27 legislators are outnumbered by pro-Beijing representatives in the 70-seat Legislative Council. However, it was an attempt to "show the deep mistrust against the chief executive", who is suffering from a credibility crisis, said Professor Ma Ngok, a political scientist at Chinese University of Hong Kong.