The single candidate for Hong Kong’s top job, Beijing loyalist John Lee, was chosen for a sixth term as the city-chief state’s executive.
Lee is a former Hong Kong security chief who is noted for his unwavering support for the Chinese government.
According to the Hong Kong Free Press, the 64-year-old former police officer and chief secretary will take over on July 1. (HKFP). Carrie Lam will be replaced as Hong Kong’s chief executive by Lee.
Lee received 1,416 votes from the newly-revamped Election Committee, according to the report.
The committee, which Lee personally screened last year, assembled on Sunday at Wan Chai’s Convention and Exhibition Centre to vote in the small-circle election.
By the time polling ended at 11:30 a.m. (local time), 1,428 members of the 1,461-strong committee had cast ballots, marking a turnout rate of 97.74 percent, according to HKFP.
The 64-year-old former Hong Kong security head was a pivotal factor in putting down the protests in 2019.
He was the security chief for four years until being named chief secretary, the government’s second-highest position, last year.
He also supported the Hong Kong authorities in putting an end to political unrest. He made certain that anyone who spoke out was imprisoned or exiled.
Aryan Jakhar works as an Editor-in-Chief at The Shining Media. Also, he is an editor at YouthPolitician (digital media situated in Taiwan). He writes his opinions on social issues at YouthKiAwaaz and also on his blogger website.