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Tang’s Scandal Opens Way for Ip to Join Hong Kong Contest

Henry Tang vowed to stay in the race to be Hong Kong’s next leader, as a scandal over a basement built illegally at his wife’s property drove down his popularity and prompted lawmaker Regina Ip to join the contest.

Tang, backed by business executives, filed papers to run yesterday after obtaining nominations from 379 representatives on the 1,200-member election committee. Ip said she plans to contest in the March 25 election to offer voters more choice.