mandag 4. april 2022

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam won't seek second term

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam announced she would not seek a second term in office after a controversial tenure that has seen many of the territory's civil freedoms eroded. As chief executive, Ms Lam oversaw a turbulent period where massive pro-democracy protests led to greater Chinese control in Hong Kong.

Ms Lam, 64, was Beijing's handpicked choice entering office in 2017. On Monday, she told reporters Beijing had been receptive to her decision. She also revealed she had informed China about her desire to not seek a second term a year ago, despite refusing in recent times to answer questions about her political future. Ms Lam said she was stepping back and prioritising her family. "There's only one consideration and that is family... They think it's time for me to go home," she said.

Hong Kong's Chief Secretary John Lee is tipped to be the favoured replacement for Ms Lam.