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Leung Chun-ying wins victory in HK chief executive election

(Xinhua)

08:42, March 26, 2012

HONG KONG, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Leung Chun-ying, former convenor of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, was officially declared the winner of the election of the fourth-term Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Sunday.

At about 12:33 p.m., Returning Officer Justice Poon Shiu-chor announced that of the 1,132 votes cast by members of the 1,200- member Election Committee, Leung Chun-ying won 689 votes.

The other two candidates, Henry Tang Ying-yen, former chief secretary of the city government, and Albert Ho Chun-yan, a lawmaker who is also head of a local political party, got 285 votes and 76 votes respectively.

A candidate must secure at least 601 votes to win the election.

The whole process was under the supervision of the Electoral Affairs Commission, scrutineers of the election candidates, the mass public and the public media.

At a press conference soon after the announcement, Leung who bowed and waved to the hailing audience said he was grateful for the support of the public throughout the campaign, and it was a privilege of him to serve the communities for the next five years as chief executive.

Leung said that he will uphold Hong Kong's core values and work to solve many issues of social conflicts in order to maintain prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.

"Hong Kong has many competitive advantages. People of Hong Kong are innovative, hardworking and adaptable. As long as we seize the opportunities, our economy will continue to thrive and the livelihood of our people will be improved," he added.

An office of the chief executive-election has been established five days before the election, which will help Leung form a governing team and a policy plan as well as making arrangements with the incumbent government for a smooth transition.

According to the Basic Law, the HKSAR chief executive is elected by the broadly representative Election Committee and then appointed by the Central People's Government.

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