The Hong Kong’s former number two official, and financial chief executive, Carrie Lam will become the first female leader since British colonial control ended in 1997.

China’s leader had lobbied behind the scenes for 59-year-old Lam, so her victory came as no surprise. Lam is an efficient and pragmatic administrator and received 777 of the 1163 votes, which was good for 67% of the votes, in order to become the leader of the Asian financial center.

Lam will take office on July 1, 2017, succeeding current leader Leung Chun-ying, that left a political mess behind. Lam’s ability to soothe tensions relies on how much public support she can gain.

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