Basic Law (Consultation Document and Draft)

Chapter IV: Political Structure

Article 45


CONSULTATION DOCUMENT


The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be selected by election or through consultations held locally and be appointed by the Central People's Government.


The specific method for selecting the Chief Executive is prescribed in Annex I: “Method for Selecting the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”.


The method for selecting the Chief Executive <as prescribed in Annex I> [may be modified] in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and in accordance with the principle of gradual and orderly progress. [Such modifications shall require the endorsement of a two-thirds majority of the members of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the consent of the Chief Executive, and shall be submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for approval.]


DRAFT


The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be selected by election or through consultations held locally and be appointed by the Central People's Government.


The method for selecting the Chief Executive shall be specified in the light of the actual situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and in accordance with the principle of gradual and orderly progress. The ultimate aim shall be the selection of the Chief Executive through general election.


The specific method for selecting the Chief Executive is prescribed in Annex I: "Method for the Selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region".

Source: Secretariat of the Consultative Committee for the Basic Law of the HKSAR. (1989) The Basic Law of the HKSAR (Draft).