With just about ten days to go before Carrie Lam is sworn in as Hong Kong’s new chief executive, her incoming cabinet was officially unveiled on Wednesday.
The top three ministers in the outgoing Leung Chun-ying administration — Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung, Financial Secretary Paul Chan, and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen -– will stay on in their posts and serve under Lam.
Other incumbents who will retain their posts are environmental chief Wong Kam-sing, Home Affairs Secretary Lau Kong-wah and head of innovation and technology, Nicholas Yang.
The announcement was made after China’s State Council formally cleared Lam’s ministerial picks, RTHK reports.
Despite Lam’s earlier pledge to bring in a new style of governance, the only new blood in her cabinet is Law Chi-kwong, who resigned on Tuesday night from the Democratic Party to join the administration as the labour and welfare chief.
Edward Yau, who previously served as the environment secretary and is now the director of the Chief Executive’s Office, will be the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development.
Other principal officials are either serving undersecretaries, permanent secretaries, or department heads.
Sophia Chan will head the Food and Health Bureau, John Lee will become in charge of the Security Bureau and James Lau will be named Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury.
Patrick Nip will head the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau and Joshua Law will be at the helm of the Civil Service Bureau, according to RTHK.
Education will be looked after by Kevin Yeung, Frank Chan will head the Transport and Housing Bureau and Michael Wong will become the Development Secretary.
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