Hong Kong’s former No. 2 official to run in leadership election

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Former Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration John Lee, arrives at his office after Central People's Government approves his resignation, in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong former deputy leader John Lee will run in a leadership election in May, according to a press invitation seen by Reuters late on Friday.

Lee, the first person to announce a bid for the global financial centre’s top post since the nomination period opened on Sunday, will hold a news conference to make the announcement formally on Saturday.

The 64-year-old, a former deputy commissioner of police, was promoted to Hong Kong’s No. 2 role in 2021 in a move that some political analysts said signalled Beijing’s priorities for Hong Kong were related to security rather than the economy.

(Reporting By Twinnie Siu, Clare Jim and Joyce Zhou; Editing by Hugh Lawson)