CY Leung Elected Hong Kong's New Chief Executive

A group of electors in Hong Kong has chosen CY Leung as the city's new chief executive, results show.

Chun Ying Leung, Hong Kong chief executive candidate.

A group of electors in Hong Kong has chosen CY Leung as the city's new chief executive, results show.

The self-made businessman defeated the early front-runner, Henry Tang, and pro-democracy leader Albert Ho.

The 1,200 electors - who are mostly loyal to Beijing - have previously rubber-stamped the Chinese government's choice for the post.

But the vote this time was thrown wide open by media allegations about Mr Leung and Mr Tang.

Mr Leung received 689 votes in Sunday's election - enough to win outright.

He will replace Donald Tsang, who has served two terms and could not run for the post again.

Newspapers have accused Mr Leung of having ties to organised crime, a charge he denies.

Mr Tang has confessed to cheating on his wife and building an illegal underground basement. The revelations have swayed public opinion against him.

Beijing has said it wants a relatively popular candidate.

But because of Mr Ho's outspoken pro-democracy stance, he was widely seen as being unacceptable to Beijing.

Hong Kong, a British colony until 1997, has been enjoying high degree of autonomy from Beijing.

But Communist leaders in Beijing have resisted public pressure for full democracy in Hong Kong.