Shanghai Daily

Lee wins HK’s chief executive election

- (Xinhua)

John Lee was elected as the sixthterm chief executive designate of the Hong Kong Special Administra­tive Region yesterday. The 64-year-old former chief secretary for administra­tion of Hong Kong won 1,416 votes by Election Committee members in the first chief executive election in the city since the improvemen­t to its electoral system last year.

“I will faithfully and resolutely undertake this historic mission and shoulder the great responsibi­lity to unite and lead the 7.4-million Hong Kong residents to open a new chapter for Hong Kong,” Lee told a press conference after the election.

Born in December 1957 in a working-class family in Hong Kong, Lee’s origin can be traced back to Panyu, now a district in Guangzhou City.

After graduating with top grades from secondary school Wah Yan College in Kowloon, Lee joined the Hong Kong police force as a probationa­ry inspector in 1977.

During his over-30-year career in the Hong Kong police force, Lee held various posts, including chief superinten­dent, assistant commission­er, senior assistant commission­er and deputy commission­er of police. On his watch, the city’s police force busted a number of high-profile cases.

In September 2012, Lee was appointed undersecre­tary for security of Hong Kong, concluding his career in the city’s police force. He became secretary for security of Hong Kong in July 2017 and chief secretary for administra­tion in June 2021.

Lee loves music. He married Janet Lam in 1980. They have two sons.

Lee still awaits the appointmen­t by the central government before being sworn in as Hong Kong’s chief executive on July 1, also the 25th anniversar­y of the city’s return to the motherland.

Polling for the election ran from 9am to 11:30am yesterday. Members of the Election Committee cast their secret ballots on a one-person-onevote basis at the main polling station at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Smooth running of the election marked the further implementa­tion of the principle of “patriots administer­ing Hong Kong,” said Tam Yiu-chung, a member of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

In 2021, Hong Kong made systematic amendments and improvemen­ts to its electoral system, and successful­ly held elections of the Election Committee and the seventh-term Legislativ­e Council of the city, a solid step forward promoting the developmen­t of democracy in line with the reality of Hong Kong.

Under Hong Kong’s amended electoral laws, the expanded Election Committee comprises 1,500 members

from five sectors, and candidates for the office of the chief executive shall be nominated jointly by not less than 188 members of the Election Committee, among whom the number of members of each sector should not be less than 15.

Tam said such stipulatio­ns ensure that the Election Committee is widely representa­tive and the result of the chief executive poll is sound under the improved electoral system.

Lau Siu-kai, vice president of the Chinese Associatio­n of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, said the Election Committee fully represents the interests of the growing patriotic forces of different sectors and groups.

The sixth-term chief executive election has further enhanced the unity of the patriotic forces and the implementa­tion of the principle of

“patriots administer­ing Hong Kong,” Lau pointed out.

Tse Hiu-hung, a member of the Election Committee, said it is the committee’s responsibi­lity to elect a chief executive who can fully and accurately implement “one country, two systems” and lead Hong Kong toward better developmen­t.

New chapter

Announcing his decision to run for the election a month ago, Lee said that if he won, his administra­tion will work on three goals: first, to address different issues with a result-oriented approach; second, to enhance Hong Kong’s overall competitiv­eness; and third, to lay a solid foundation for Hong Kong’s developmen­t.

Lee said that he wishes to lead Hong Kong in opening a new chapter, which is from order to prosperity in the next five years.

His manifesto contained four tenets of vision: to strengthen governance capability and tackle pressing livelihood issues; to streamline procedures and provide more housing and better living; to enhance overall competitiv­eness and pursue sustainabl­e developmen­t; and to build a caring and inclusive society and enhance upward mobility for youths.

Joseph Chan, of the Election Committee, said Lee has made clear and unambiguou­s proposals on strengthen­ing patriotic education for youths in Hong Kong, promoting better integratio­n of Hong Kong youths into the developmen­t of the Guangdong-Hong

Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, and initiating targeted measures to solve housing problems.

Chan, who is also president of the Hong Kong Youth Associatio­n, added that Lee’s proposed policies will allow more Hong Kong youths to live a peaceful and prosperous life.

Zhi Zhenfeng, a researcher with the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, noted that Lee’s election manifesto further expands the space for Hong Kong’s developmen­t and provides a path for Hong Kong to maintain and enhance its internatio­nal competitiv­eness.

This year marks the 25th anniversar­y of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland. The governing team of the new term shoulders responsibi­lities in ensuring the implementa­tion of “one country, two systems” without being bent or distorted.

In the eyes of Chan Yuet-lan, a local resident, Hong Kong has seen a lot of ups and downs in the past two years. “Only when the social environmen­t is stable and harmonious can our families be happy and healthy,” she said.

Amid the increasing­ly complicate­d internatio­nal environmen­t, Hong Kong faces multiple security threats. It has always been the primary duty of those administer­ing Hong Kong to do everything possible to safeguard national sovereignt­y, security and developmen­t interests as well as Hong Kong’s interests, according to Zhang Jian, director of the Shanghai Institute of Internatio­nal Studies’ Hong Kong and Macau research section.

 ?? . — AFP ?? A ballot box is tipped out to start the vote counting during the selection process of Hong Kong’s next chief executive yesterday. John Lee was elected as the sixth-term chief executive designate
. — AFP A ballot box is tipped out to start the vote counting during the selection process of Hong Kong’s next chief executive yesterday. John Lee was elected as the sixth-term chief executive designate
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