/ 09 May 2022

A trio of elections

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Because too much election action is barely enough… 

  • Hong Kong’s ex-security chief John Lee has become the territory’s new leader, after a closed voting process where he was the only candidate. Known as a staunch Beijing supporter, he oversaw the violent crackdowns on pro-democracy activists in 2019. 
  • Sinn Féin has won the most seats (aka 27 of 90) in Northern Ireland’s Assembly for the first time. It’s an historic milestone for a party that was linked to the Irish Republican Army, a paramilitary group that used violence to try to reunify Ireland and rid the north of British rule. 
  • There will be 65 million Filipinos voting today for their next president. It’s expected Ferdinand Marcos Jr – the son of former dictator and namesake Marcos Snr – will replace outgoing hardman Rodrigo Duterte. Watch this space… 

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