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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 city’s next chief executive.Bloomberg | Getty ImagesJohn Lee, a Beijing loyalist, has been elected as Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive.Lee, the only candidate for Hong Kong’s top post, won more than 1,416 votes in Sunday’s election. He only needed a simple majority and obtained more than the 750 votes required.About 1,500 members of a largely pro-Beijing election committee cast their votes to select the new chief executive. The election was earlier postponed due to a surge in Covid cases in the Chinese city.The 64-year-old Lee 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 of the election result to the Central People’s Government,” outgoing leader Lam said on Sunday.”The present-term government and I will ensure a seamless transition with the Chief Executive-elect. We will render all the support needed for the assumption of office by the new term of government,” Lam said in a government press release.Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China governed under the “one country, two systems” framework. The city has limited election rights and a mostly separate legal and economic system.”The selection of Lee, a career police officer who played a leading role in the crackdown on the pro-democracy protests that began in 2019, indicates that Beijing’s top priority for Hong Kong is maintaining political security rather than preserving its role as a dynamic global hub,” analysts at Eurasia Group said last week before the election.”Lee’s appointment will reinforce Hong Kong’s shift from being a global financial and business center to playing a narrower role as a capital gateway for China,” Eurasia’s analysts said. “While the risks to political and financial stability are modest, Lee’s administration may be poorly equipped to respond to a major shock.”— This is breaking news. Please check back for updates 

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