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China loyalist John Lee will be Hong Kong’s next leader

John Lee, a Beijing loyalist, has been picked to be the town’s next chief government.

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John Lee, a Beijing loyalist, has been elected as Hong Kong’s next Chief Govt.

Lee, the one candidate for Hong Kong’s prime publish, won more than 1,416 votes in Sunday’s election. He solely wanted a easy majority and obtained greater than the 750 votes required.

About 1,500 members of a largely pro-Beijing election committee solid their votes to pick the brand new chief government. The election was earlier postponed because of a surge in Covid instances within the Chinese language metropolis.

The 64-year-old Lee will change outgoing Chief Govt Carrie Lam on July 1, when he begins his five-year time period.

“I prolong my honest congratulations to Mr John Lee on his profitable election and later immediately, I will submit a report of the election end result to the Central Individuals’s Authorities,” outgoing leader Lam stated on Sunday.

“The current-term authorities and I will guarantee a seamless transition with the Chief Govt-elect. We will render all of the help wanted for the belief of workplace by the brand new time period of presidency,” Lam stated in a government press release.

Hong Kong is a particular administrative area of China ruled underneath the “one nation, two techniques” framework. The town has restricted election rights and a largely separate authorized and financial system.

“The number of Lee, a profession police officer who performed a number one function within the crackdown on the pro-democracy protests that started in 2019, signifies that Beijing’s prime precedence for Hong Kong is sustaining political safety relatively than preserving its function as a dynamic international hub,” analysts at Eurasia Group stated final week earlier than the election.

“Lee’s appointment will reinforce Hong Kong’s shift from being a world monetary and enterprise heart to enjoying a narrower function as a capital gateway for China,” Eurasia’s analysts stated. “Whereas the dangers to political and monetary stability are modest, Lee’s administration could be poorly geared up to answer a significant shock.”

— That is breaking information. Please examine again for updates 

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