Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that she will not run in the coming election seeking a second term. Lam’s current term will end on June 30, wrapping up her 42 years of public service. Lam had informed Beijing last year that she wouldn’t run for a second five-year term in the May 8 Chief Executive election. She also thanked Beijing for its support in the past five years. She noted that the decision was personal and entirely based on family considerations. While the number two official, John Lee Ka-chiu, has yet to declare his intention to run for the CE post, Hong Kongers are still uncertain about who will be their next leader. With barely a month before the election, so far no one has publicly thrown their hat into the ring.
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