Former Hong Kong Chief Secretary and security official John Lee announced on Wednesday that he is running for election to become chief executive of the global financial hub.
Lee, 64, led the crackdown on pro-democracy and anti-government protests in Hong Kong during 2019, which occurred in response to the proposed Fugitive Offenders Ordinance amendment bill that would allow extradition of fugitives to mainland China.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam made a surprise appearance on Conan O’Brien’s self-titled talk show in the form of a cardboard cutout.
In a “Conan Highlight” segment, posted on Tuesday, the 57-year-old veteran talk show host said he asked viewers to send in photographs of themselves to fill up the Los Angeles theater seats as people continue to practice social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Coconuts Hong Kong reported.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is now ready to “listen humbly” to the public after pro-democracy candidates overwhelmingly won in the recent local elections.
The pro-democracy camp won 17 out of the 18 district councils, claiming an overwhelming majority of the 452 seats in the community-level elections held on Sunday, according to Reuters.
Hong Kong’s highly contested extradition bill, which triggered months of protests, could not be withdrawn formally as the Legislative Council session turned chaotic on Wednesday.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam was supposed to deliver her annual address in the city’s parliament, but forced to suspend it after being heckled by the opposition members of the legislative council, BBC reports.
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that she will formally withdraw the controversial extradition bill that sparked massive protests and political unrest in Hong Kong.
However, the news has been met with more skepticism than hope, according to South China Morning Post.
Following weeks of protests, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced via a press conference on Tuesday that the controversial extradition bill is now “dead,” admitting that the way it was handled was a “total failure.”