According to the Associated Press, John Lee, Hong Kong’s former No. 2 official, said on Wednesday, April 13, that he had registered in the election for the chief executive post after acquiring well over 50% of the nominations.

Lee, who stepped down as chief secretary last week to enter the city’s top job race, is the only candidate formally entered so far for the upcoming May vote.

He is considered China’s favored candidate. According to Reuters, Hong Kong media reports last week said Beijing officials want Lee to be the sole candidate and will not allow others to run against him.

Lee has secured 786 nominations for his candidacy, which are more than half of the 1,454-member Election Committee. The nomination period will end on Saturday, April 16, and the committee will select the winner by an absolute majority.

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