Beijing Loyalist Wins Hong Kong Election

Beijing loyalist wins Hong Kong election

Hong Kong’s elite chose a former Cabinet chief as the southern Chinese financial hub’s next leader on Sunday, heeding Beijing’s wishes and public opinion following a tumultuous, bitter race that highlighted public discontent.
Leung Chun-ying, 57, was declared the semiautonomous territory’s next chief executive after securing 689 votes from a 1,200-seat committee of business leaders and other elites, most of them loyal to Beijing. Initially considered the underdog, Leung gained the support of China’s Communist leaders, who backed off their deeply unpopular first choice, Henry Tang.