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No surprise as Beijing loyalist takes Hong Kong's top job

Carrie Lam to become city's first female leader amid protests

Carrie Lam (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

HONG KONG -- A circle of Hong Kong notables have picked pro-Beijing loyalist Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to be the first female to take the territory's top job on Sunday, despite protests and public criticism about mainland intervention in the election.

Hong Kong's 7 million residents had little say in the vote. Instead, a 1,194-member election committee, comprised mostly of Beijing-friendly elites and businessmen, handpicked Lam, the former government chief secretary, to be chief executive for the next five years.

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