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Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam speaks to the media in a weekly news briefing after local elections in Hong Kong, China, November 26, 2019. Image Credit: Reuters

Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s deeply unpopular leader Carrie Lam acknowledged Tuesday that a crushing defeat for the city’s pro-Beijing establishment in weekend polls revealed public discontent over her government’s handling of months of political unrest.

The elections showed concern over “deficiencies in the government, including unhappiness with the time taken to deal with the current unstable environment and of course to end violence”, Lam said at a weekly press briefing.

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