Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she will not seek a second term

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to questions from reporters during a March 21, 2022 press conference in Hong Kong, China.

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam will not serve a second term, she told a news conference on Monday.

“This is not a matter of evaluating my performance or the performance of the Hong Kong SAR Government in this term. This is a question of my personal desire and aspiration,” Lam said in response to a question about why they would not run for the upcoming general election.

She said her decision was “entirely based on” her family’s considerations.

“This is what I have told the Central People’s Government, and they have expressed understanding,” she said.

“That I take this first opportunity to inform the public through the media that I would not participate in the upcoming general election,” she added.

Local media reports citing unnamed sources said Hong Kong Secretary General John Lee was set to resign to run in the race for top management, but Lam declined to comment on any potential candidates in the upcoming elections.

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