Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong´s new leader on Sunday by a committee. Leung will step down in July after five years in charge.
Hong Kong is semi-autonomous and has been governed under a “one country, two systems” deal since it was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain in 1997. Around three quarters of the 1,194 members of the election committee were from the mainland camp.
An emotional Lam bowed to supporters as it was announced she had won comprehensively with 777 votes against 365 for her more moderate establishment rival John Tsang. The third and most liberal candidate, Woo Kwok-hing, received just 21 votes.
Lam will become Hong Kong´s first ever woman chief executive.—AFP