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Hong Kong Chief Carrie Lam’s Turbulent Tenure in 10 Key Moments

  • Unpopular chief executive’s term beset by unrest, Covid angst
  • Loyal support for Beijing failed to secure her five more years
Carrie Lam
Carrie LamPhotographer: Lam Yik/Bloomberg

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s departure from office Thursday closes what’s arguably been the most difficult chapter in Hong Kong’s history since its return to Chinese rule a quarter century ago.

Lam’s five-year tenure saw more than 1 million people march against her government, and months of often violent street protests, after she tried to allow extradition to China. Beijing responded with unprecedented interventions in the former British colony’s legislative and electoral framework that crushed open dissent in the once freewheeling city.