Hong Kong's no. 2 official Carrie Lam says 'will reconsider' joining Chief Executive race after shock Leung exit

Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Carrie Lam has signalled that she may join the race for the Chief Executive post, a reversal of her previous statements.
Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Carrie Lam has signalled that she may join the race for the Chief Executive post, a reversal of her previous statements.PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG - A day after Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying shocked the city's political establishment by announcing he would not seek re-election next year, his deputy signalled that she may join the race.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam 's remarks on Saturday (Dec 10) were a reversal from her previous statements that she would retire next year after more than three decades in the civil service, noted South China Morning Post .

"I'm afraid the problem that is in front of me now is not a matter of my personal reputation, but about Hong Kong's overall well-being," the 59-year-old was quoted as telling reporters after attending an annual crime conference.

Mrs Lam's announcement was praised by Mrs Rita Fan, Hong Kong's top delegate to the National People's Congress, China's parliament, the Post reported.

"I am very pleased to hear that Lam would reconsider her (next move)," Mrs Fan was quoted as saying. "To me, this is a good thing."

 
 

"Her performance is well-regarded by many," she added. "She is a very capable official."

Meanwhile another likely Chief Executive candidate, Financial Secretary John Tsang, did not respond to media questions as he attended an event in the morning with former Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang, who is also seen as a potential contender.

The Post quoted Mr Jasper Tsang as saying his chances of running were lower now after Mr Leung decided not to seek a second term.