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Hong Kong cabinet chief John Lee resigns to run for top job

Former security chief announces candidacy to succeed Carrie Lam

Hong Kong's former security chief John Lee played a critical role in cracking down on the city's pro-democracy movement.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong Chief Secretary John Lee resigned Wednesday as he announced plans to enter the race to become the city's next leader.

Lee, a former police officer who was security chief during anti-government protests in 2019, became Hong Kong's second-in-command last year. He might be the only contender in next month's chief executive election who could win a crucial vote of confidence from Beijing.

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