January 30, 2023

Hong Kong President Gary Lam has said he will not run for a second term

Hong Kong Chief Executive Gary Lam asks reporters during a press conference in Hong Kong, China on March 21, 2022.

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Hong Kong chief executive Gary Lam will not run for a second term, he told a news conference on Monday.

“This is not a question of evaluating my performance or the performance of the Hong Kong SAR government. It is a question of my personal preference and ambition,” Lam said in response to the question of why he did not run in the election. Upcoming CEO election.

He said his decision was “entirely based on his family’s views”.

This is what I have told the Central Government, they have expressed their understanding.

“Therefore, I will use this initial opportunity to inform the media through the media that I will not be contesting the upcoming CEO election,” he added.

Local media reports quoted unnamed sources as saying that Hong Kong Secretary-General John Lee was stepping down to run for chief executive, but Lam declined to comment on future candidates in the upcoming election.

Nomination filing began Sunday. And The election is scheduled for May 8. Earlier, the election was postponed due to an increase in Govt cases in the Chinese city.

Hong Kong is a specialized administrative region of China administered under the “one country, two systems” framework. The city has limited electoral rights and often a separate legal and economic system.

CEOs are elected every five years, and Lam’s tenure has been plagued by local and global crises.

In June 2019, Hong Kong experienced political unrest Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets On the proposed bill that would allow the deportation of people in the city to the mainland of China. The struggles lasted for several months, sometimes turning violent – and Some called for Lam to resign.

He also oversaw the city administration of the Govt-19 epidemic, with Beijing adopting the zero Govt position and trying to keep Hong Kong an international financial hub despite strict rules on travel.

This is a growing story. Check back for updates.