Then chief secretary Carrie Lam gets a hearty hug from former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa during a ceremony commemorating the Nanjing Massacre, at the Museum of Coastal Defence in Shau Kei Wan on December 13. The gesture from Tung, also vice-chair of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was seen as a sign of approval from Beijing, weeks before Lam indicated she would run for chief executive. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The gloves are off in Hong Kong’s chief executive election, and no one’s pretending it will be a fair and open contest this time

Albert Cheng says the only hope is that pro-establishment Election Committee members will vote with their conscience in the secret ballot, where the pan-democrats can still make a difference

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Then chief secretary Carrie Lam gets a hearty hug from former Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee-hwa during a ceremony commemorating the Nanjing Massacre, at the Museum of Coastal Defence in Shau Kei Wan on December 13. The gesture from Tung, also vice-chair of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was seen as a sign of approval from Beijing, weeks before Lam indicated she would run for chief executive. Photo: K. Y. Cheng
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