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Beijing's man wins Hong Kong vote

Hong Kong's elite have elected a former government Cabinet member as the city's next leader, heeding Beijing's wishes and public opinion.

Leung Chun-ying secured 689 votes from the 1,200-seat committee of business leaders and other elites in voting.

Ordinary Hong Kongers had no say. Committee members were expected to vote according to the wishes of China's leaders.

Mr Leung's victory reflects Beijing's efforts in recent days to quietly signal that it was backing off from initial support of deeply unpopular rival Henry Tang.

Mr Tang was the early front-runner, but a string of gaffes and scandals torpedoed his chances.

He received 285 votes. Pro-democracy candidate Albert Ho, who had no chance, got 76 votes.

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