Beijing pick Carrie Lam chosen as Hong Kong new chief executive

The 1,194-member election committee picked Lam to be Hong Kong's new chief executive on Sunday.

Published: 26th March 2017 10:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th March 2017 10:48 AM   |  A+A-

Former Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, right, waves as she declares her victory in the chief executive election of Hong Kong while former Financial Secretary John Tsang stands. (Photo | AP)

Former Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, right, waves as she declares her victory in the chief executive election of Hong Kong while former Financial Secretary John Tsang stands. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong committee has chosen the government's former No. 2 official Carrie Lam to be the semiautonomous Chinese city's next leader.

The 1,194-member election committee picked Lam to be Hong Kong's new chief executive on Sunday. She will be the first female leader for the city and its fourth since British colonial control ended.

Her victory was no surprise because China's communist leadership had lobbied the committee, dominated by pro-Beijing elites, to support her.

Pro-democracy activists have criticized the system as a "fake" election and it was at the root of huge protests in 2014.

Lam won with 777 votes while her closest rival, former financial secretary John Tsang, got 365 votes. Retired judge Woo Kwok-hing had 21 votes.

Tsang was much more popular locally, but neither he nor Woo had Beijing's backing.

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