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China to decide term length of Hong Kong Chief Executive

[JURIST] Chinese officials say they will ask China's top legislative panel, the Standing Committee [committee functions] of the National People's Congress [overview], to settle a term limit dispute between Beijing and pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong. The issue arose last month when Hong Kong's Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa announced his resignation because of poor health. Hong Kong lawmakers argue that Basic Law [text], the territory's mini-constitution, says that the successor should serve a full five year term. Mainland experts believe the next leader should finish the remaining 2 years of Tung's term. AP has more.

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