Carrie Lam first female HK leader
HONG KONG: A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong’s next leader yesterday.
The majority of the China-ruled city’s 7.3 million people have no say in deciding their leader, who is chosen from among several candidates by a 1,200- person“election committee” e” stacked with pro-Beijing and proestablishment loyalists.
Lam, who will become Hong Kong’s first female chief executive when she takes office on July 1, won 777 votes compared with 365 for her closest rival, former financial secretary John Tsang, who polls show is more popular.
“Hong Kong, our home, is suffering from quite a serious divisiveness,” Lam said in a victory speech. “My priority will be to heal the divide and to ease the frustration, and to unite our society to move forward.”
She also promised to defend the rule of law and freedom of expression as integral to underpinning prosperity. Reuters