How int’l and local media reacted after Hong Kong committee selected John Lee as leader

Hong Kong’s small-circle leadership race made headlines not only in the city but around the world. Local newspapers focused on the large proportion of votes received by former chief secretary and security chief John Lee, while overseas outlets emphasised Beijing’s role in his ascension to the city’s top post.

Chief Executive-elect John Lee. Photo: Almond Li/HKFP.

HKFP rounded up how local and international media outlets covered the chief executive election, after 99 per cent of a government-vetted committee selected Lee to lead the city.

Ming Pao

On Sunday, the online version of Ming Pao ran the headline “Chief executive election: John Lee elected with 1,416 votes, getting 99% of votes, 8 opposing votes.”

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