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Top Hong Kong security officials rewarded ahead of law anniversary

Police veteran John Lee ascends to No. 2 role in government

HONG KONG -- Three security officials who helped lead Hong Kong's crackdown on protests and dissent over the past two years have been awarded promotions just ahead of the first anniversary of a national security law imposed on the city by Beijing.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the three promotions at a news conference Friday. The reshuffle will elevate Secretary of Security John Lee to chief secretary, the highest position in the government behind Lam. Lam herself previously served as chief secretary, as did an earlier chief executive. 

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