Saturday, 25 March 2017

Hong Kong's New Leader

Pre-ordained Carrie Lam is now confirmed as Hong Kong's next leader
It was expected from the beginning, but it is now confirmed Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is Hong Kong's next chief executive with 777 votes -- far more than her predecessor and former boss Leung Chun-ying with 689.

John Tsang Chun-wah, the public's favourite, only got over 365 votes, while Woo Kwok-hing had 21.

Xinhua News Agency already reported Lam's win minutes after the initial vote count, since she surpassed the 600 votes very easily.

When news that Lam had won had won by a far margin was announced, there were cheers and jeers from the audience in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Obviously the pro-establishment (pro-business) are pleased to vote in the person they believe will help them continue to prosper in the city, while those related to the pan-democratic camp shouted, "I want universal suffrage!" as this small-circle election is hardly democratic.

There are concerns now of how she will govern the city where she is highly unpopular, seen as a distant person who doesn't give the appearance of caring much for the poor, as she claimed she was too tired to visit Tin Shui Wai, a district known for its challenging social and economic issues.

When the official results were announced, there were whoops of joy from most of the audience. On stage, Lam looked teary-eyed, hugging Tsang a few times. Maybe he was saying, "Better you than me"?

In any event if the critics will have a go at her, at least they can use the number 7 -- it's slang for flaccid penis... and she got 777 of them...

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