Hong Kong set to get new leader as anointed by Beijing

North Korea-esque

North Korea-esque

And Carrie Lam openly admitted at the very beginning of her election scheme, that she will continue with the current system handed down by the current CE (Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying).

The chief executive of the China-ruled city is chosen from among several candidates by a 1,200-person "election committee" stacked with pro-Beijing and pro-establishment loyalists. She must try to garner public support for her policies, after emerging the victor from an undemocratic process in which the closest candidate she beat was far more popular, according to opinion polls.

"I too want more democracy in Hong Kong". "'One country, two systems' is going down the drain, and our high degree of autonomy will exist in name only". But there is a concern here that Beijing has started wresting back those rights.

Lam told the press that apart from her priority to unite the society, she will also try to improve the relationship between the executive and the legislature. "But all these actions should not compromise the rule of law in Hong Kong". They said that the kind of ballot that was being proposed would be a sham because candidates would still have to approved by a committee like the one that has just chosen Mrs Lam. Campaigners occupied the streets for 79 days, and in 2015 lawmakers voted down China's plan.

Lam said she will discuss with people from various sectors on the development of Hong Kong, such as applying new resources in education, tackling housing problem and introducing new financial and tax measures.

It would have allowed the public to vote for the city's leader in 2017, but would have insisted candidates were vetted first. Pro-democracy activists now occupy 325 seats, which is the obvious minority.

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Political reform has been shelved ever since.

Such blessing from Beijing had "structurally determined" the power base of the new leader, who would find it hard to maintain distance from the liaison office, Chinese University political scientist Ma Ngok said. She won comprehensively with 777 votes against 365 for Tsang.

Li was seen shaking hands on Sunday with all three candidates - Lam, Tsang and former Judge Woo Kwok-hing - but still declined to comment on the election result.

Tsang likened his defeat to waking up from a dream, but said there was no evidence Beijing had influenced the result.

"We expect a large-scale political prosecution, " tweeted Joshua Wong, the young activist who helped lead the 2014 protests and co-founded Demosisto, one of a new wave of pro-democracy parties that advocate "self-determination" or even independence from China. But pro-democracy legislators opposed the change. Also, his very public campaigning for the top job, and his support from the pro-democracy camp, was likely to make Tsang a target of suspicion by Beijing's paranoid leaders.

After the appointment by the central government, she will take oath of office on July 1 and become the fifth-term chief executive.

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They carried yellow umbrellas, a symbol of the 2014 pro-democracy protests that led to widespread violence.

"Without a fair, transparent, genuine democracy, a lot of issues can not be dealt with in Hong Kong", said Alvin Yeung, the leader of the Civic Party and a member of the legislative assembly.

According to the Basic Law, the Chief Executive is not only the head of the SAR Government.

"I am confident that we can put aside any differences and achieve a win-win situation", she said.

With salaries too low to meet the cost of property in an overpriced market fuelled by mainland money, getting ahead in life is increasingly hard.

"I am already mentally prepared for this, but I am very anxious about Hong Kong's future", Chan told Reuters.

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