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Ex-policeman John Lee set to be Hong Kong’s next top official

HONG KONG — A former police officer and government security chief is set to become Hong Kong’s next top official after declaring his intention to run for the job, a succession that would signal that Beijing plans no respite in his crackdown on national security in the city.

John Lee, currently the city’s official No. closely orchestrated by the Chinese central government. If chosen, he would succeed Carrie Lamwho said on Monday she would step down on June 30 after a five-year term, her tenure marred by mass protests and a recent Covid-19 outbreak that killed thousands of elderly people.


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