New Hong Kong Leader ‘Elected’

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Former convener of Hong Kong's Executive Council Leung Chun-ying waves as he celebrated after winning the chief executive election in Hong Kong, Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Much to the public's discontent, an elite committee of mostly Beijing loyalists in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong has picked a former government cabinet member as the city’s next leader. Leung Chun-ying was declared the next chief executive after securing 689 votes from the 1,200-strong committee of business leaders and politicians. Former government chief secretary Henry Tang, who was Beijing’s choice until a string of gaffes and scandals, received 285 votes. But hundreds of thousands of democracy supporters voted in a mock election to show their disapproval of the selection process—55 percent of the 222,990 votes were blank.