It was during the tenure of Carrie Lam that there were widespread protests against the government in 2019 and he implemented a strict national security law in the country, which suppressed the tone of protest.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam
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Hong Kong (Hong Kong) leader of Carrie Lam (Carrie Lam) said on Monday that she would not contest for a second term. Now the next leader will be elected in May. It was during Lam’s tenure that there were widespread demonstrations against the government in 2019 and he imposed strict National Security Act (NSA) in the country.National Security Law), due to which the voice of protest was suppressed. “I will complete my five-year term as chief executive on June 30 this year, and I will also end my 42 years of public service,” Lam told a news conference.
There had been speculation for months whether Lam would run for a second term, but he said he had conveyed his decision to the central government in Beijing last year and the decision was respected. There were widespread demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2019 and protesters also demanded Lam’s resignation. Beijing imposed a strict national security law on this in 2020, which suppressed discontent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
John Lee may join the race for the next leader’s post
Hong Kong’s media said that John Lee, who holds the number two position in the government, could be in the race for the next leader’s post. Chief Secretary Lee was the head of city security during the demonstrations. Hong Kong’s leader is elected by a committee of parliamentarians, representatives from various industries, and professional and pro-Beijing representatives.
Elections postponed till May 8 due to Corona
One of the demands of the protesters in 2019 was also for the direct election of the city’s chief executive. The election of the Chief Executive was earlier to be held in the city on March 27, but in view of the worsening situation due to Corona virus, the elections were postponed till May 8. Lam said holding the election on a predetermined date would create “public health hazards”. However, only 1,462 members of the committee will participate in the elections.
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