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Hong Kong's John Lee locks in backing for top job

Former security chief has enough support to succeed Carrie Lam as chief executive

John Lee announced his intention to run for Hong Kong's top job after current Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she would not stand for a second term.    © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's former security chief John Lee on Wednesday threw his hat in the ring to become the city's next chief executive, after winning majority backing from a Beijing-controlled election committee that all but guarantees him the job. 

Lee officially submitted his candidacy having secured 786 Election Committee nominations -- which represents more than half of its 1,463 members -- just days before the ballot period winds up and with no other candidates officially in the race.

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