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Hong Kong Interim Leader Resigns to Run for Top Post


Hong Kong's interim leader has resigned in order to campaign for the territory's top job in July elections.

Donald Tsang has been acting chief executive since Tung Chee-hwa resigned in March. Hong Kong law requires government officials to resign if they wish to run for chief executive.

Mr. Tsang's resignation followed the Hong Kong legislature's approval of a bill clearing the way for the July 10th vote by an 800-member committee controlled by Beijing. The bill says the winner of this election will only serve out the remainder of Mr. Tung's term, and not a new five-year term.

Mr. Tung stepped down, citing ill health.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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