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Hurdles abound for Beijing's 'chosen one'

Can Carrie Lam convince Hong Kongers she's on their side?

Flanked by campaign rivals John Tsang Chun-wah, left, and Woo Kwok-hing, Lam takes a bow after being elected on March 26. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

HONG KONG Just days before Hong Kong's leadership election on March 26, Li Ka-shing, founder of conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings and Cheung Kong Property Holdings, dropped a hint about his pick. Without naming Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the hugely influential Li mentioned Nuwa, a goddess in an ancient Chinese fable who single-handedly repaired the pillars that held up the sky and restored world order.

"Popularity is important," Li told reporters, "but the candidate must be able to work well with the central government." His elder son, Victor, is among the dozens of elites who nominated Lam, and his younger son, Richard, who chairs telecommunications company PCCW, also endorsed her.

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