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Race to be HK's next leader down to 3 contenders

Analysts expect a close race with a predictable outcome - victory for the Beijing-endorsed candidate Carrie Lam

Published Wed, Mar 1, 2017 · 09:50 PM

Hong Kong

THREE candidates were left standing on Wednesday as nominations for the position to become Hong Kong's next leader closed, marking the beginning of what analysts say will be a closely-fought, but ultimately predictable, election.

The contenders this time around - former financial secretary John Tsang, former chief secretary Carrie Lam and retired judge Woo Kwok-hing - have comparable lengthy histories in public service, which could make for one of Hong Kong's most competitive races for the chief executive post, said political analyst Chung Kim-wah.

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