Hong Kong elects first female leader

Hong Kong elects first female leader

Carrie Lam whose victory was predicted as she had Beijing’s support has been elected as the first female leader out of Hong Kong.

Eric Cheung, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, told CNN that Beijing’s preference for Lam ahead of the vote was clear.

“It shows how ridiculous our system is,” he said. “Opinion polls showed that John Tsang was more popular with the people … but under our system, so long as the message is clear from Beijing, then the pro-establishment camp will (follow it).”

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The former chief secretary and deputy to current Chief Executive CY Leung, was selected to be the fourth Hong Kong chief executive, with 777 votes from the 1,194-person committee. A total of 1,163 valid votes were cast.

She was elected and made the first female leader in the city’s history by a tiny election committee drawn mostly from Hong Kong’s elite and made the city’s next leader amid protests and poor weather.

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