Carrie Lam to be Hong Kong's next Chief Executive

Mrs Carrie Lam won the Fifth Term Hong Kong Chief Executive election on 26 March.  She will become the first female Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region when she assumes office on 1 July 2017.

Mrs Lam won 777 votes from 1 194 members of the Election Committee.  Former Financial Secretary Mr John Tsang won 365 votes, while retired judge Mr Woo Kwok-hing won 21 votes.  The threshold for winning the election was 600 votes.

During her first day of work on 27 March, Mrs Lam met the Chief Executive, Mr CY Leung, at the Chief Executive's Office to discuss transition arrangements with the incumbent government.   Mr Leung congratulated Mrs Lam, and pledged to work closely with the Office of the Chief Executive-elect to ensure a smooth transition between the two terms of government.

"The Chief Executive Election yesterday was conducted in accordance with the Basic Law, the relevant decisions of the National People's Congress Standing Committee and the election laws of Hong Kong", Mr Leung said.

"It demonstrated once again the successful implementation of the principle of 'one country, two systems', 'Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong' with a high degree of autonomy."
 
Mr Leung called on people to fully support the new Chief Executive and the new Government for a better Hong Kong.
 
Chief Executive-elect Mrs Lam also called on the Acting Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Mr Justice Robert Tang.  Mrs Lam stressed that judicial independence and the rule of law were the core values of Hong Kong.  She assured Mr Justice Tang that she would safeguard these values steadfastly.

During a meeting with President of the Legislative Council, Mr Andrew Leung, Mrs Lam said her first task is to unify Hong Kong society and improve the relationship between the executive and legislature.  She pledged that her government would work closely with the legislature and its members. Mrs Carrie Lam

Carrie Lam

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was born on 13 May 1957.   She joined the Hong Kong Civil Service as an Administrative Officer in 1980 after graduating from the University of Hong Kong.  In the early part of her career she served in a series of policy bureaux and departments covering health services, district administration and security.  In the 1990s she spent almost seven years in the Finance Bureau, involved in budgetary planning, expenditure control and the government's capital works programme. She became Director of Social Welfare in 2000 and was appointed Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands (Planning and Lands) in November 2003. 

Mrs Lam was the Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London from September 2004 until March 2006.  As head of this overseas office, she was reponsible for promoting Hong Kong's trade and economic interests in the United Kingdom and 16 Central and Eastern European countries.  In March 2006 she returned to Hong Kong to take up the position of Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs. 

On 1 July 2007, she left the civil service and was appointed a Principal Official in the Third Term of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, taking up the position of Secretary for Development. 

In 2012 she was appointed Chief Secretary for Administration, the most senior rank of principal officials of Hong Kong, in the Fourth Term of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.   She stepped down in January 2017 to conduct her election campaign. 

Mrs Lam was awarded Hong Kong's Gold Bauhinia Star and the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2010 and 2016 respectively.  She received an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences by Lingnan University in 2013 and was made an Officier de la Légion d'honneur by the French Government in 2015.

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