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China-Backed Lee Chosen Hong Kong Leader in Uncontested Vote

  • Former police official receives 1,416 of electors’ votes
  • Choice signals Beijing’s continued focus on national security
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Hong Kong's John Lee Chosen as City's Next Leader
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Hong Kong formally confirmed John Lee as its next top leader after an uncontested election, solidifying an era of more direct Chinese political control over the once-freewheeling financial hub. 

Lee won 1,416 of the 1,424 valid votes on Sunday, according to the returning officer at the election venue, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. That is more than the simple majority needed to confirm his appointment. Counting was completed in less than an hour, with almost 98% turnout. Eight electors voted against him, while four ballots were declared invalid.