Hong Kong's unpopular leader says will not run again

Lawyers and law students take part in a silent march in protest at a ruling by China which effectively bars two pro-independence legislators from taking office in Hong Kong on November 8, 2016Hong Kong’s unpopular leader Leung Chun-ying, who has been vilified by critics as a puppet of Beijing, said Friday he would not run again for office after a term marked by anti-China protests and political divisions. Leung said he would step down at the end of his term in July for family reasons after speculation intensified in recent weeks over who would get the nod from Beijing for leadership elections in March. Some pro-democracy campaigners predicted there would be public “euphoria” at the news, while analysts said the announcement had come as a surprise, just three months before the election in which Leung was widely expected to run for a second term.

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