Hong Kong elections: Carrie Lam promises ‘open mind’ after election rout


Hong Kong : Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has said the government will listen to the public with an open mind, after pro-Beijing candidates were resoundingly defeated in local elections.

According to local media counts, 17 of the 18 councils are now controlled by pro-democracy councillors.

The election saw an unprecedented voter turnout of more than 71%

The result is being seen as a stinging rebuke of Ms Lam’s leadership through many months of protest and clashes.She said there were “various analyses and interpretations” but that “quite a few are of the view that the results reflect people’s dissatisfaction with the current situation and the deep-seated problems in society”.