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Steps are being taken to make the activities
of the so-called Provisional Legislature more "legitimate"

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It is also reported that steps are now being taken to make the activities of the so-called Provisional Legislature more "legitimate". This looks like a belated recognition that this body has a legitimacy problem. But no amount of retrospective tinkering can change the reality that this is a questionable body established for questionable motives to do questionable work.  

Statement on the decisions made by the Preparatory Committee
February 1, 1997

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Patten pledged to co-operate fully with the Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa, while affirming that his administration would not recognize the legitimacy of the Provisional Legislature. Apart from the Governor, the American Consul-General Richard Boucher had taken a similar position on the matter. Boucher poked fun at the Chinese officials' attempt to address public concerns about the legal status of the Provisional Legislature. He said that he could not understand how anybody could make something legitimate more legitimate. 

 

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