Car­rie Lam first fe­male HK leader

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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