The Executive Authorities

The Executive Authorities

- Constitution of Hong Kong

Section 2: The Executive Authorities

Article 59
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be the executive authorities of the Region.
Article 60
The head of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be the Chief Executive of the Region.
A Department of Administration, a Department of Finance, Department of Justice, and various bureaux, divisions and commissions shall be established in the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Article 61
The principal officials of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be Chinese citizens who are permanent residents of the Region with no right of abode in any foreign country and have ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 15 years.
Article 62
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall exercise the following powers and functions:
(1) To formulate and implement policies;
(2) To conduct administrative affairs;
(3) To conduct external affairs as authorized by the Central People's Government under this Law;
(4) To draw up and introduce budgets and final accounts;
(5) To draft and introduce bills, motions and subordinate legislation; and
(6) To designate officials to sit in on the meetings of the Legislative Council and to speak on behalf of the government.
Article 63
The Department of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall control criminal prosecutions, free from any interference.
Article 64
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region must abide by the law and be accountable to the Legislative Council of the Region: it shall implement laws passed by the Council and already in force; it shall present regular policy addresses to the Council; it shall answer questions raised by members of the Council; and it shall obtain approval from the Council for taxation and public expenditure.
Article 65
The previous system of establishing advisory bodies by the executive authorities shall be maintained.

Constitution of Hong Kong

Preamble
General Principles
Authorities and Administrative Region
Fundamental Rights and Duties
Political Structure
The Chief Executive
The Executive Authorities
The Legislature
The Judiciary
District Organizations
Public Servants
Economy
Public Finance Industry and Commerce
Land Leases
Shipping
Civil Aviation
Education Science Culture and Social Services
External Affairs
Interpretation and Amendment of the Basic Law
Supplementary Provisions
Selection of the Chief
Formation of the Legislative Council
Laws to be Applied in the Hong Kong
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