Hong Kong's New Leader Sworn in
Donald Tsang officially took over as Hong Kong's new leader Friday in ceremonies in Beijing. It marked the first change of leadership in Hong Kong since it reverted to Chinese rule eight years ago.
A beaming Donald Tsang stood before Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and other officials at the Great Hall of the People Friday to start his new career as Hong Kong's chief executive.
Mr. Wen said at the ceremony that he hopes Mr. Tsang will be able to implement Hong Kong's laws, unite the people and make new contributions for the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.
Mr. Tsang promised the Chinese prime minister he would work hard for the people of Hong Kong. Among Mr. Tsang's top tasks in the next two years will be to keep the city's economic recovery on track and to manage the public's call for full democracy.
An 800-member, largely pro-Beijing committee, selected Mr. Tsang for the city's top post last week, with barely any challenge. Beijing last year rejected Hong Kong people's demand to directly elect its leader. Only half of the city's legislature is directly elected.
Mr. Tsang, a career civil servant, had been Hong Kong's number-two leader since 2001.
Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Beijing's control in 1997 but enjoys a high degree of autonomy from China's communist central government. Friday's ceremony marks the first leadership transition for the territory since then.
Heda Bayron, VOA news, Hong Kong.
revert to 回复，归还
beaming [5bi:miN] adj. 光亮的，愉快的
chief executive 首席执行官，这里指香港特区行政长官
implement [5implimEnt] vt. 贯彻，实施
legislature [5ledVis7leitFE] n. 立法机关，立法机构
colony [5kClEni] n. 殖民地
autonomy [C:5tCnEmi] n. 自治