2012 Hong Kong Chief Executive election

Media-hired cranes stooping over 5 and 7 York Road – Henry Tang's residence – following revelations of illegal structures there.
Member of the NPCSC
Legislative Council President

Held on 25 March 2012 to select the Chief Executive of Hong Kong , the highest office in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), by a 1,193-member Election Committee (EC) to replace the incumbent Chief Executive.

- 2012 Hong Kong Chief Executive election

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Henry Tang

Hong Kong politician who served as the Chief Secretary of Hong Kong between 2007 and 2011.

Chief Secretary Tang in 2008

In 2012, he lost the Hong Kong Chief Executive Election to Leung Chun-ying.

Leung Chun-ying

Chinese politician and chartered surveyor, who has served as vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference since March 2017.

Leung Chun-ying in March 2017
Leung's property at 4 Peel Rise, The Peak
Leung Chun-ying at the 2013 Policy Address.

In 1999, he was appointed the convenor of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, a position he held until 2011, when he resigned to run in the 2012 Chief Executive election.

Hong Kong Liaison Office

The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (abbr.

Schema of media control by the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong
21 Tai Tam Road, Senior staff residences of the Hong Kong Liaison Office, fully owned by the Liaison Office
Sign at entrance
Entrance on Des Voeux Road West
View from Victoria Harbour

In early 2012, the Liaison Office, located in Sai Wan district, aggressively lobbied the Election Committee members for Leung Chun-ying to be elected in the Chief Executive election.

Frederick Fung

Former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong from 1991 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2016 and the former chairman of the pro-democracy Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood (ADPL) from 1989 to 2007.

Fung was a candidate for the 2012 Chief Executive election but lost in the pro-democracy primary.

Election Committee (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong electoral college, the function of which is to select the Chief Executive and, since 2021, to elect 40 of the 90 members of the Legislative Council.

The number of members of the Election Committee increased from 800 to 1,200 after the breakthrough on the electoral reform in 2010 for the 2012 Chief Executive election.

Regina Ip

Chinese politician.

Ip in the 2017 Chief Executive election

She ran in both 2012 and 2017 Chief Executive elections but did not secure a minimum number of 150 nominations from the 1,200-member Election Committee to enter the race on both occasions.

Pro-Beijing camp (Hong Kong)

The pro-Beijing camp, pro-establishment camp, pro-government camp or pro-China camp refers to a political alignment in Hong Kong which generally supports the policies of the Beijing central government and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) towards Hong Kong.

Two pro-Beijing candidates ran for the Chief Executive election in 2012, with the Chief Secretary Henry Tang and the Convenor of the Executive Council, Leung Chun-ying using scandals, dirty tactics and smears on each other.

Donald Tsang

Former Hong Kong civil servant who served as the second Chief Executive of Hong Kong from 2005 to 2012.

Tsang at the 2012 World Economic Forum
Donald Tsang meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the APEC Australia 2007.
Donald Tsang and his wife, Selina, Lady Tsang, in 2008.

In February 2012 during the Chief Executive election in which contender Henry Tang, the former Chief Secretary in Tsang's government suffered in wide range of scandals, Tsang was also discovered by the Oriental Daily News to have received favours and hospitality from business tycoons on various occasions, including private jet and yacht trips and was labelled as "Greedy Tsang".

Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong

Pro-Beijing conservative political party in Hong Kong.

Previous version of the DAB logo from 1992 to 2005.
Wong Ting-kwong, the most senior DAB representative in Legislative Council

The DAB supported Leung Chun-ying in the 2012 Chief Executive election.

Carrie Lam

Hong Kong politician who has been serving as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong since 2017 and Chairperson of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security since 2020.

Carrie Lam in 2019
Carrie Lam in 2013
Lam meeting with Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, in 2015
Carrie Lam held an election rally with her campaign team on 3 February 2017.
Carrie Lam published the second policy address in her term of office in October 2018.
Protesters demonstrating against the extradition bill on 9 June 2019.
Carrie Lam at the press conference with Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng and Secretary for Security John Lee one day after the massive protest on 10 June.

During the 2012 Chief Executive election, Lam cracked down on the unauthorised building works of Chief Executive candidate Henry Tang who was contesting Leung Chun-ying.