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Chief Executive of Hong Kong

The Chief Executive of Hong Kong , is the [head] of the [government of Hong Kong] and the principal representative of [Hong Kong] . The position was created to replace the [Governor of Hong Kong] , who was the head of the Hong Kong government during British rule.

The office, stipulated by the Basic Law, formally came into being on 1 July 1997 when the [sovereignty of Hong Kong] was transferred from the [United Kingdom] to the [People's Republic of China] .

The chief executive holds the title "The Honourable", and ranks first in the [Hong Kong order of precedence] . The current chief executive is [Donald Tsang] .

Eligibility for office
Article 44 of the Basic Law provides that the Chief Executive must be a Chinese citizen of not less than 40 years old, who is a [permanent resident of the HKSAR] with no right of abode in any foreign country, and has ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 20 years.

Article 47 further requires that the Chief Executive be a person of integrity, dedicated to his or her duties.

In addition, according to electoral laws, anyone interested in running for Chief Executive must receive at least 100 nominations from the Election Committee prior to the election.


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