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John Lee leads in nominations for HK’s chief executive post

Hong Kong’s former chief secretary John Lee has received more than 200 nominations, enough for the city's top government job race requirement. Chan Yung, a deputy director for Lee's campaign office, said the team hoped to get at least 500 nominations as the city’s leading candidate for the top government job kicked off his campaign. China's cabinet approved Lee’s resignation last week as Hong Kong's No 2 official. Lee assured that he would make “fair and just” policies though he did not give further details on how he plans to strengthen the city's international hub status. Current Chief Executive Carrie Lam earlier said she would not seek another 5-year term. The next chief executive will take office on July 1. Approximately 1,500 people, mostly Beijing loyalists, will vote on May 8 to select Lam's successor.

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