Outgoing Hong Kong leader and chief executive-elect promise smooth transition

Outgoing Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying and chief executive-elect Carrie Lam discussed the transition process on March 17.

The two discussed Lam’s government policies behind closed doors, after which they spoke at a news conference promising a smooth transition. Lam also promised to “unify society” and “improve the relationship between the executive and legislature.”

Lam will become the financial hub’s first female chief executive when she takes office on July 1. She won 777 votes from a 1,200-person “election committee” stacked with people loyal to the Chinese Communist Party. Many said the election process is the root of Hong Kong’s social and political tension.