Hong Kong elects Carrie Lam as new chief executive

http://www.smh.com.au/world/hong-kong-elects-carrie-lam-as-new-chief-executive-20170326-gv6nz5.html

Beijing’s preferred candidate, Carrie Lam, was selected by an elite group of voters to become the fourth chief executive of Hong Kong on Sunday.

Only 1194 members of the Election Committee cast ballots, under Hong Kong’s Basic Law.

They had a choice of just three candidates: Ms Lam, the former chief secretary of Hong Kong, its former financial secretary John Tsang and retired judge Woo Kowk-hing. All had been pre-vetted by Beijing.

Ms Lam, 59, the first woman to take the top job, had said she would try to heal divisions within Hong Kong society.

There were bitter clashes between her predecessor Chin-ying Leung and the pro-democracy movement that exploded in 2014, as street protests brought central Hong Kong to a standstill for two months.

The Umbrella movement, led by young students, had called for free elections for a chief executive by 2017, as promised in 1997 when the former British colony has handed back to China. Beijing refused, instead insisting it pre-vet candidates.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Lam

Whilst in the government service, Lam attended a one-year diploma course in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge in from 1981 to 1982 and received a Fulbright Fellowship on attachment to a US federal agency for several months in 1988.

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the illusion of choice..

“They had a choice of just three candidates: Ms Lam, the former chief secretary of Hong Kong, its former financial secretary John Tsang and retired judge Woo Kowk-hing. All had been pre-vetted by Beijing.”

small field..

“Only 1194 members of the Election Committee cast ballots, under Hong Kong’s Basic Law.”

a new puppet is in place..

401

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~ by seeker401 on March 28, 2017.

One Response to “Hong Kong elects Carrie Lam as new chief executive”

  1. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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