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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam not seeking second term

Chief executive's tenure saw backlash over security law, COVID outbreak

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam waves to the media after delivering anti-epidemic service bags to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lam will not run for a second term.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Monday that she would not seek a second term, after a turbulent tenure that saw huge anti-government protests and criticism over her handling of the city's worst COVID-19 outbreak.

Lam told reporters that her decision not to run in next month's chief executive election was for personal reasons, adding that she would step down on June 30 after four decades of public service.

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