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Report: Hong Kong Leader Tells Cabinet He is Quitting


A leading Hong Kong newspaper is reporting that Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa has informed his cabinet he is stepping down.

Tuesday's South China Morning Post quotes an unidentified cabinet minister who says Mr. Tung is quitting because he is tired and his health is not good. No timetable was given.

Hong Kong media reported last week that Mr. Tung had submitted his resignation to Beijing. He has made no official comment on those reports.

Mr. Tung has two years remaining on his five-year term. Pro-democracy advocates fear Beijing will give his successor a fresh five-year term, further blocking hopes for greater autonomy. But a senior Chinese official says any successor would have to complete Mr. Tung's term in
office.

Some information provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.
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