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Lam admits to public discontent with her govt

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Lam admits to public discontent with her govt

Lam admits to public discontent with her govt

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam acknowledged on Tuesday that the record number of voters in district elections highlighted dissatisfaction with the government as she thanked residents for voting peacefully despite a relatively volatile environment.

Mia Womersley reports.


Lam admits to public discontent with her govt

**EDITORS NOTE: CORRECTING SCRIPT TO "TRIPLE THE NUMBER FROM FOUR YEARS AGO", NOT "QUADRUPLE"** Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has made her first public statements on Sunday's (November 24) historic elections.

She told reporters on Tuesday (November 26) the central government in Beijing has not asked her to take responsibility for the vote, where opponents of Chinese-rule won by a landslide.

She admitted the results highlighted frustration with her government among the public: (SOUNDBITE) (English) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "Including deficiencies in governance, including unhappiness with the time taken to deal with the current unstable environment, and of course to end violence.

So I said that we will seriously reflect these views expressed to us, and improve governance in the future of our work." Democratic candidates in the Chinese-ruled city won almost 90 percent of seats in the district council election.

That's more than triple the number from four years ago.

Lam said she was pleased to report that the pro-establishment parties who did hang on to their seats, will continue to serve the people.

She thanked residents for orderly voting at the weekend, despite a volatile environment.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CARRIE LAM, SAYING: "Please help us to maintain that relative calm and peace that we have seen in the last week or so, and provide a good basis for Hong Kong to move forward." Hong Kong has experienced days of relative calm around the election.

Though it's unclear how long that will last - in a city that's faced violent anti-government protests for half the year.

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