Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Carrie Lam

Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Carrie Lam

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Hong Kong has its first woman leader and her 'election' is shrouded in controversy. Carrie Lam is part of the pro-Beijing inner circle, which has been imposed on the 'city state' despite widespread protest and agitation by local democracy activists who believe Hong Kong should be electing its own leader by direct franchise.

Lam was chosen by a group of 1,194 appointed notables - she got 777 votes - in a grouping dominated by pro-Beijing loyalists. John Tsang, a former financial director who was backed by the democracy camp, finished a distant second. To no-one's surprise, ordinary Hong Kong citizens greeted the election with dismay and demonstrations. Democracy campaigner Joshua Wong called it, 'a selection rather than an election'.

Cambridge-educated Lam, now 60 years old, has had a career of ambitious participation in the Hong Kong civil service. …

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