Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Resigns, Likely To Make Bid For Leadership

HONG KONG (Alliance News) - Hong Kong's number 2 official, Carrie Lam, has resigned, the ...

Alliance News 12 January, 2017 | 9:31AM
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HONG KONG (Alliance News) - Hong Kong's number 2 official, Carrie Lam, has resigned, the government said Thursday, paving the way for her reported bid for the top job.

Lam, 59, tendered her resignation to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the government of China.

The South China Morning Post cited her telling a closed-door audience that she would make a bid for chief executive in the March elections.

Lam is currently embroiled in a scandal linked to the quick approval and secrecy surrounding plans for a museum to be built in the West Kowloon arts district that would house a collection from Beijing's Palace Museum.

Critics of the project likened the multi-billion dollar project to cultural imperialism.

Lam and former financial secretary John Tsang, who is waiting for Beijing to accept his resignation tendered a month ago, are neck and neck in a public opinion poll commissioned by the Post. 

Lam joined the Hong Kong British colonial government in August 1980. She was appointed chief secretary in 2012.

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