Carrie Lam elected Hong Kong's first female leader

Protests were held both inside and outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the vote took place on Sunday.

"It is important to remember that these committee members are overwhelmingly susceptible to Beijing's way of thinking", he said.

Nearby, pro-China supporters played marching music surrounded by national and city flags. Pro-democracy activists past year secured 325 seats on the committee - the highest number ever, but not enough seats to determine the next chief executive. He said that while he hoped that Taiwan-Hong Kong ties would not be affected, what was more important was the special administrative region's adherence to democratic principles.

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Tsang remains optimistic even if Lam now has the upper hand.

The daughter of a Shanghainese immigrant who worked on ships and a mother who had never received a formal education, Ms Lam grew up in a cramped apartment shared by four siblings and several families. Last month, Chinese state leader Zhang Deijiang, visited Zhenzhen to lobby for Lam.

Some voters registered their unhappiness with the process by casting blank ballots, or writing profanities on them. Because we have a way we think we can govern. "If the [chief executive] is assigned, then at least people can stop arguing who should become CE". "I think I'm the only one who has that". The problem is, he's not as popular as his two rivals, and does not have the support of major parties.

China gained sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997. "We need someone with the healing touch". The choice was made on March 26th at Hong Kong's harbour-front convention centre by almost 1,200 members of a committee stacked with supporters of the Communist Party in Beijing. If you want quality governance, hire quality people.

A recent poll from South China Morning Post (SCMP) found that Lam was backed by only 30 percent of the wider population compared to 47 percent for Tsang.

In her acceptance speech, Lam, whose Chinese name is Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, vowed to "heal the divide", referring to the large-scale pro-democracy protests in 2014 where thousands camped on the streets demanding free elections and less interference by Beijing. China shunned the demand.

Lam's popularity began to slip just as a younger generation of protesters rose to prominence, and tumbled further during the course of her election campaign this year.

Rebel legislator Nathan Law, who as a lawmaker has an automatic vote, said he would enter a blank ballot. Lam, 59, was named the victor after being nominated by 580 members of the city's election committee. This means that the country's way of life will remain as is, until 2047, when the rule expires.

The pro-democracy crowd chanted "I want genuine democracy", the usual slogan for opponents of the current system.

Sunday's election is forecast to usher in another divisive leader - Leung's former deputy Carrie Lam.

Wong continues to campaign for total democracy in Hong Kong. Pursuit of "Hong Kong independence" has had an even worse effect on social stability and severely handicaps Hong Kong.

  • Leroy Wright