The G7, a group of countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, released a statement on May 9 expressing concerns about Hong Kong’s new leadership selection process and called it an attack on the city’s “fundamental liberties.”
The European Union (EU) also expressed concern about the Hong Kong elections a day earlier, considering the procedure for electing the leader of the special zone a step that violates the “one country, two systems” principle.
Last year, Beijing reformed Hong Kong’s electoral system to ensure that only those loyal to the Chinese government are in power.
The Hong Kong Electoral Commission consisted of 1,461 people by secret ballot on May 8, of whom 1,416 supported Mr. Lee Ka-chao to become Hong Kong chief executive, 8 people opposed and the rest did not vote. Mr. Lee is expected to take office on July 1, the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain to China.
Ly Gia Sieu joined the police force in 1997. In 2012, he became deputy chief of the Hong Kong National Security Agency. Five years later, under Carrie Lam’s administration, he became chief of the city’s security agency. He held the position of secretary-general of the Hong Kong government last year, the second most senior official in the special zone.