Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor is the new Hong Kong Chief Executive
Hong Kong: Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was sworn-in as the new Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), on Saturday, as the territory marks 20 years since its handover to China from Britain.
Lam took her oath before Chinese President Xi Jinping, who oversaw the swearing-in ceremony along with the rest of her cabinet. She is Hong Kong's first female leader.
"It is with a humble heart that I accept this greatest honour of my life and prepare to take on the greatest challenge in my public service career," Lam said in her inauguration speech.
Lam said that she will resolutely do everything within her ability to implement the 'one country, two systems' principle, uphold the Basic Law of the HKSAR and defend the rule of law.
"As we capitalise on our strengths and harness the opportunities presented by our country's development, Hong Kong's future is indeed bright and promising," Lam added.
It may be mentioned that on Friday night, clashes broke out between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing demonstrators close to the site, with several arrests made.
- Many parts of the city were shut down as part of the security operation.
- The pro-democracy party, Demosisto, said police had arrested five of its members, and four members from the political party of the League of Social Democrats.
- Among those arrested was Joshua Wong, the leader of the so-called umbrella protest movement.