In Hong Kong’s chief executive election on Sunday, John Lee, a Beijing loyalist and the only contender, received the overwhelming majority of votes.
According to the CEO of a consultancy, Hong Kong’s next chief executive John Lee has spent his whole career focusing on security and is “untested” in other areas.
The election of John Lee Ka-Chiu as Hong Kong’s new chief executive marks a turning point in the territory’s shift toward Beijing-style authoritarian leadership.
Lee, the territory’s former security secretary, was elected by the ruling Chinese Communist Party without opposition on Sunday, May 8.
As CNBC reported, he was the only candidate for Hong Kong’s top post, so he only needed a simple majority to be elected. He got 1,416 votes from about 1,500 members of the pro-Beijing elected committee.
Strategic Access David Dodwell said that Lee has dedicated his entire life to security matters, first as a police officer and then as the security secretary in Hong Kong. He’s largely untested and unknown.
He told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Monday that Lee’s management may be more uncertain than any leadership they’ve had in the past 25 years.