Despite his uncontested victory, the new chief executive faces a rough ride, insiders predict Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is expected to be appointed chief executive in Beijing next week after being officially declared winner of the leadership race today. He revealed support from 710 of the 796 Election Committee members and formally presented nominations from 674 of them yesterday. This ensures he will be returned uncontested. Speaking after submitting his nomination form, Mr Tsang said: 'The [nominations] carry the expectations, affiliation and wishes of Hong Kong people from different sectors. I feel very excited and also feel that I've to shoulder more responsibility.' But politicians and academics were quick to predict a rough ride ahead for Mr Tsang over the two years of his term, with some warning the incoming chief executive shouldn't get too carried away by the number of nominations. 'A strong government is not defined by the number of nominations or votes obtained,' Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun said. National People's Congress delegate Victor Sit Fung-shuen, who nominated Democrat Lee Wing-tat, said: 'How many of the 700 would actually vote for him if there was an election? The number could well be just an illusion.' Even those who nominated Mr Tsang were not without reservations. 'He lacks the vision of political leaders. He is too utilitarian,' NPC delegate Raymond Wu Wai-yung said, but added there was no perfect man for the job. Supporters were keen to see their favours returned. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong chairman Ma Lik said: 'Our party has given enormous support to Mr Tsang. He should accommodate party participation in future policy-making.' Mr Tsang is expected to fly to Beijing next week to meet Premier Wen Jiabao , who will present him with the State Council's appointment letter installing him as chief executive. Government sources said state leaders were unlikely to come to Hong Kong to preside over the swearing-in of Mr Tsang as the city's new leader because he would only serve out the remainder of Tung Chee-hwa's term. Instead, Mr Tsang was likely to be sworn in during his visit to the capital, the sources said. The former chief secretary submitted 674 nominations and 36 letters of support to the Registration and Electoral Office yesterday. His predecessor, Tung Chee-hwa, was returned unopposed with 714 nominations in 2002. The Returning Officer, High Court judge Carlye Chu Fun-ling, vetted the nomination form submitted by Mr Tsang and determined that his nomination as a candidate was valid. Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat yesterday conceded defeat in his bid for the candidacy, saying he had clinched only 51 nominations. Independent lawmaker Chim Pui-chung said he had secured the support of about 20 electors but would not concede defeat until nominations closed. Acting Chief Executive Henry Tang Ying-yen and Secretary for Education and Manpower Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, also Election Committee members, submitted support letters for Mr Tsang instead of nominations. It was felt this was the most appropriate way for ministers to show support. Mr Tsang won the support of tycoons Li Ka-shing and Walter Kwok Ping-sheung, and Hongkong Bank chairman Vincent Cheng Hoi-chuen. He also secured the backing of pro-democracy legislators Lau Chin-shek, Albert Cheng King-hon and Albert Chan Wai-yip. Mr Tsang, who vowed to grab every possible vote from the Election Committee, phoned Mr Lau at 1am yesterday to seek his support. Mr Lau said he decided to nominate Mr Tsang after learning Mr Lee had fallen short of clinching the 100 nominations needed to stand.