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Hong Kong’s John Lee Surpasses Threshold To Win Leadership Race

  • Former cop is the only Beijing-backed candidate in the race
  • City’s next leader needs to restore business confidence in hub
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Hong Kong’s sole candidate in next month’s chief executive vote surpassed the threshold of support he needs to win, effectively confirming he’ll become the city’s next leader.

Former Chief Secretary John Lee said Wednesday that he received 786 nominations from the roughly 1,500-member Election Committee that picks the city’s leader. That number is greater than the majority he needs from the committee dominated by Beijing loyalists in the May 8 election.