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Carrie Lam voted next Hong Kong chief executive

Ben Blaschke
Written by Ben Blaschke

Carrie Lam has been elected to be Hong Kong’s fifth chief executive, winning almost two-thirds of the vote to be chosen as the city’s next leader ahead of rivals John Tsang and Woo Kwok-hing.

The former Chief Secretary and deputy to current Chief Executive CY Leung won 777 votes – well ahead of Tsang’s 365 votes and Woo’s 21 – to become the first female to fill the prestigious role.

“The first thing I will do is to repair our divided society so we can move forward together,” Lam said following the vote.

“The task in these five years is great but I will work with everyone to make a better Hong Kong.”

Ms Lam will be sworn in on 1 July.

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