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China making moves to replace Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam, reports claim

Hong Kong's Carrie Lam apologises for sparking crisis, says she would quit if she could

Disturbed by her inability to stem weeks of violent protests in the semi-autonomous city, China is reportedly making moves to replace embattled Hong Kong, Chief Executive, Carrie Lam.

A report by the Financial Times (FT), citing people briefed on the deliberations, informed that China is planning to replace Lam, with an “interim” chief executive.

Financial Times also reveled in the report that Lam’s new successor would be appointed by March, and will cover the remainder of her term.

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Candidates in the lead to replace Lam include the former head of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Norman Chan.

Henry Tang, who has also served as the territory’s financial secretary and chief secretary for administration, is another possible successor, the report said.

Hong Kong has been hit with a wave of violent protests since mid-June as hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets against a now-suspended draft legislation that could have seen people sent to mainland China for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts.

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