HONG KONG, March 26 (Reuters) - Carrie Lam, who won an
election to become Hong Kong's first female chief executive on
Sunday, said afterwards that her first job is to reduce social
She was chosen from among several candidates by a
1,200-person "election committee" stacked with pro-Beijing and
Most of Hong Kong's 7.3 million voters have no say in the
choice of leader in the former British colony that returned to
Chinese rule in 1997.
The election took place at a time when tensions with Beijing
have been on the rise.
Lam, 59, most recently Hong Kong's number two official, has
to unify the Chinese-ruled city as public resentment swells at
Beijing's growing interference in its affairs despite being
promised a high degree of autonomy.
(Reporting by Venus Wu; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing
by Richard Borsuk)