Former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa fell over at the end of the Chinese legislature’s meeting on Friday, but was not injured and left with the help of other delegates.
The 83-year-old, Hong Kong’s first postcolonial chief executive from 1997 to 2005, attended the opening of the plenary session of the National People’s Congress as a vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. The meeting was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Tung and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor were among hundreds of officials sitting on the stage. Tung was walking down from the stage at the end of the ceremony when he fell and sat on the ground.
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Several officials walked towards him and reached out to steady him. After Tung stood up again, Lam also approached Tung, and asked if he was all right.
Tung was seen putting his hand on Lam’s shoulder, before they left the hall. Tung also shook hands with several other delegates, including former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying before leaving.
A spokeswoman for Tung’s office said the former chief executive tripped when he was saying goodbye to someone he knew.
“Tung was not injured, and did not need to go to hospital for checks. Thanks for your care,” she added.