Hong Kong's leader-elect Carrie Lam says 1st task is to reduce social tensions

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

tensions.

She was chosen from among several candidates by a

1,200-person "election committee" stacked with pro-Beijing and

pro-establishment loyalists.

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)