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Beijing expected to approve Carrie Lam’s resignation soon: analyst Listen
China analyst, Willy Lam, says he expects Beijing to approve the Chief Secretary Carrie Lam’s resignation within a week or so. He says this would be unlike the case of the Financial Secretary, John Tsang, who stepped down from his post around a month ago, but who is still waiting for the central government to sign off on his resignation. Willy Lam also says he does not think Beijing has made up its mind at this stage as to who it would prefer to run in the upcoming chief executive election. But he tells Annemarie Evans that whoever it is, it will be a pitched battle between those taking part in the election.
LGBTI groups baffled by taskforce’s delay Listen
The Pink Alliance says it’s anyone’s guess as to why a government inter-departmental taskforce studying legal issues concerning transsexual people has delayed an interim report on the matter for one year. Its Vice-chairman, Billy Leung, says the group works in secrecy and doesn’t make its meeting minutes available to concerned groups. The taskforce was set up three years ago and is chaired by the Secretary for Justice, Rimsky Yuen. Leung tells Ben Tse that the government should disclose when it will enact a gender recognition law, to protect transsexual and intersex people's rights.
Rodrigo Duterte's free contraceptive move likely unconstitutional Listen
RTHK’s Manila correspondent, Alan Robles, says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order for government agencies to give out contraceptives to an estimated six million women is probably unconstitutional. The move is an attempt to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, especially amongst the poor. In 2015, the Supreme Court placed a temporary ban on the distribution of contraceptive implants but this has not stopped Duterte from going ahead with his plan. The move is expected to be challenged by the Catholic Church. Robles tells Annemarie Evans what Duterte is doing is worrying.