Chinese loyalist John Lee will be Hong Kong's next leader

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

John Lee, a Beijing loyalist, has been chosen to be the city’s next chief executive.

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John Lee, a Beijing loyalist, has been elected Hong Kong’s next chief executive.

Lee, Hong Kong’s sole candidate for the top job, won more than 1,416 votes in Sunday’s election. He only needed a simple majority and got more than the required 750 votes.

About 1,500 members of a largely pro-Beijing election committee voted to select the new chief executive. The election had been postponed earlier due to a rise in Covid cases in the Chinese city.

Lee, 64, will replace outgoing chief executive Carrie Lam on July 1, when he begins his five-year term.

“I extend my sincere congratulations to Mr. John Lee on his successful election and later today I will submit a report on the election result to the Central People’s Government,” incumbent leader Lam said on Sunday.

“The current government and I will ensure a smooth transition with the elected chief executive. We will provide all necessary support for the entry into office by the new term of government,” Lam said in a statement. government press.

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China governed by the “one country, two systems” framework. The city has limited electoral rights and an essentially separate legal and economic system.

“The selection of Lee, a career policeman who played a leading role in suppressing pro-democracy protests that began in 2019, indicates that Beijing’s top priority for Hong Kong is maintaining political security rather than to preserve its role as a dynamic global hub,” Eurasia Group analysts said last week ahead of the election.

“Lee’s appointment will reinforce Hong Kong’s shift from a global financial and business hub to a closer role as a capital gateway for China,” Eurasia analysts said. “Although the risks to political and financial stability are modest, Lee’s administration may be ill-equipped to respond to a major shock.”

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