A small circle of Hong Kong elites on Sunday chose a Beijing loyalist as the city’s leader, a move that threatens further discord in a semi-autonomous territory torn by political divides.
A committee made of business and political officials selected Carrie Lam as the Chinese financial hub’s first female chief executive, even though her main rival, former Finance Secretary John Tsang, had amassed far more public support.
Lam, the city’s former No. 2 official, received 67% of the votes cast by the 1,194-member group, which is stacked with supporters of China’s Communist government.
Her win — the first leadership vote since protests for greater autonomy erupted here in 2014...