Hong Kong's second-highest ranking government official has resigned in a move widely seen as the first step in his campaign to be chosen the city's leader next year.
Chief Secretary for Administration Henry Tang said he tendered his resignation to the city's leader, Chief Executive Donald Tsang, on Wednesday morning.
Tang said many people have encouraged him to run for the job, but stopped short of announcing his candidacy. He said that it was a "great challenge," but that he needed time to "seriously think" about the suggestion.
Hong Kong's chief executive is chosen by a 1,200-member committee dominated by pro-Beijing figures that will be formed later this year. News reports say Tang is seen as Beijing's favorite for the job.