UPDATED: Carrie Lam is HK's new chief executive-elect, and she will prioritise housing and upholding the city's values

UPDATED: Carrie Lam is HK's new chief executive-elect, and she will prioritise housing and upholding the city's values

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Hong Kong's new chief executive-elect, Carrie Lam, flanked by her husband Lau Siu-por (left) and son Lam Jit-si.
Photo: Ben Pang/SCMP

[UPDATE - Sunday, March 26, 5.05pm]

Chief executive-elect Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor called for “unity” in her success speech after winning the election with 777 votes.

"Hong Kong, our home, is suffering from serious division and many frustrations. My role will be to bridge the divide, ease the frustration and unite society to move forward," Lam says, and stresses that she hopes to form good relationships between the city’s legislative and executive bodies, and meet different lawmakers from different parties.

Lam lists being resourceful, responsible, and willing to listen to the people as among her top priority as chief executive-elect.

Further, that housing issues are an imminent and challenging task, and her first mission will be to find more land for building more homes.

Lam looks to uphold Hong Kong's "one country, two systems" policy, and will fight hard to maintain the city's core values of law, freedom of press and freedom of speech.

The chief executive elect thanked John Tsang Chun-wah, Woo Kwok-hing and Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee for teaching her a lot throughout the course of the election.

In his address after losing to Carrie Lam, he encourages Hong Kong to give the new chief executive-elect their full support.
Photo: Ben Pang/SCMP

First runner up candidate, John Tsang Chun-wah, said in a press conference after Lam won were that he accepted the results, in which he secured 365 votes. He hopes Hongkongers could lend their full support to Lam as it would be important in creating a harmonious future for Hong Kong.

Tsang says he'd told Lam that the next 5-year of her leadership will not come easy: "I told her and she knows. What she needs to do is to get more support from pan-democrats."

Woo Kwok-hing, who secured 21 votes, thanked the election committee members who voted for him.

“They have a conscience and upheld their principles," Woo says, "I'm especially grateful towards everyone I met during the campaign ... Many reporters asked if I'm frustrated and disappointed after I said the election was unfair to me – this demonstrates that many people are concerned.”

Woo hopes everyone will follow his example and say something when they have reason to, and continue to move forward.

Current chief executive Leung Chun-ying congratulated Lam's success in a statement following the election.


Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has been elected Hong Kong’s new chief executive after winning the leadership election with 777 votes 

Hong Kong’s former Chief Secretary, Lam defeated Hong Kong’s former Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah with 777 votes to Tsang's 365 in the first round and will begin her five-year term on July 1. The new chief executive Lam secured 65 per cent of the 1,194 votes.

Retired judge Woo Kwok-hing received 21 votes. Throughout the election, 4 invalid votes were counted.

Edited by Andrew McNicol

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